About Stephen Darley
Stephen Darley was raised in Hyrum, a small farming community in northern Utah where he attended grade school and high school. He attended undergraduate studies at Utah State University in Logan, Utah where he majored in Political Science. Darley attended law school at George Washington University where he graduated in 1967. He served for two years in the U.S. Army, one of which was spent in Vietnam as a captain in the Adjutant General Corps.
After leaving the army in 1969, he moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to work as an attorney for the New Haven Redevelopment Agency. He operated a real estate development company between 1972 and 2009, which specialized in developing affordable housing and completed over 1100 units. Steve also formed his own construction company in 1985, which specialized in residential construction. Darley retired from his development and construction business in 2009 after spending almost forty years as a real estate developer and contractor.
Steve has a forty year interest in the history of the American Revolutionary War and in Benedict Arnold. He has done extensive research on Arnold and was moderator of the Benedict Arnold Yahoo e-group from 2000 to 2008. Darley has an extensive collection of Arnold books, prints, ephemera and other items, including some Arnold rarities. He has written a number of articles on Benedict Arnold and the Revolutionary War for various publications.
Darley also has an extensive collection of books regarding the fur trade and mountain men of the far west, the French and Indian War and the Hundred Years War. There are articles on some of these historical periods included in his listing of published articles.
Mr. Darley has an extensive collection of first editions of various authors including Rafael Sabatini, Kenneth Roberts, Howard Fast, Walter Edmonds, Leslie Turner White, Dale L. Morgan, Ross MacDonald and Paul Pine. He has written articles on the works of three of those authors, Rafael Sabatini, Leslie Turner White and Dale L. Morgan, for Firsts Magazine.
Mr. Darley’s first book, a bio-bibliography of Rafael Sabatini which he co-authored with Jesse Knight, was published by Oak Knoll Press in 2010. His book, Voices from a Wilderness Expedition, was published in August of 2011. His 2nd Revolutionary War history of the Northern Army was The Battle of Valcour Island which he published in 2013. His most recent book is Call to Arms: The Patriot Militia in the 1777 British Raid on Danbury, Connecticut. As a result of his research regarding the lives of some of the men in the Revolutionary War, he has developed an interest in genealogy and has done extensive research regarding the genealogy of his wife’s family tree.
In 2011, Steve started an internet book dealership, Montowese Books, with listings on Abe Books, Amazon and Ebay. It is no longer in operation.
Steve Darley is a member of the New Haven Museum and Historical Society, the North Haven Historical Society and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. He lives in North Haven, Connecticut with his wife Peggy Brennan.