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About Stephen Darley

Stephen Darley has a forty-year interest in the history of the American Revolutionary War and in Benedict Arnold. He is the author of four books and a number of published articles on these topics as well as other historical periods and figures.

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 second 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.

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Biography

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. Darley 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.

Darley’s long-standing interest in the American Revolution and Benedict Arnold led to expansive research and an extensive collection of books. His Arnold collection includes books, prints, ephemera and other items, including some rarities. His book collection also includes many regarding the fur trade and mountain men of the far west, the French and Indian War and the Hundred Years War, as well as numerous 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. Darley was also the moderator of the Benedict Arnold Yahoo e-group from 2000 to 2008.

In 2011, Darley started an internet book dealership, Montowese Books, with listings on Abe Books, Amazon and Ebay. It is no longer in operation.

As a result of his research regarding the lives of some of the men in the Revolutionary War, Darley has developed an interest in genealogy and has done extensive research regarding the genealogy of his wife’s family tree. He 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.