Presidential Historian Mike Purdy

Mike Purdy

As a presidential historian, I have had a lifelong fascination and interest in the presidents that dates back more than 50 years to my first presidential memory – of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. When I was 8 years old, I memorized all the presidents in order (reciting their names in ten seconds!).

Over the years, I’ve read many, many biographies and books about the presidents – and still have many more to read from my library of more than 600 presidential biographies!

Books:  I am the author of the Foreword to the 2016 biography “The Story of John Quincy Adams – 250 Years Later,” by Edward Cody Huddleston (Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc., Ocala Florida).  I’m currently writing a book about the 2016 presidential campaign and election and how it shattered all precedents and rules, and am working on other books about the presidents as well.

Media Interviews:  I am regularly interviewed by the media about presidential history and have been quoted in newspapers, online, and appeared on television, including the following:


  • WHDT World News
  • VEJA Magazine (Brazil)
  • E Agora, Democracia?, (And Now, Democracy?), January 25, 2017, by Nathalia Watkins.  Published in Portuguese
    I retired in 2010 after more than 30 years as a contracting manager for local and state governments in Seattle, Washington, and still do part-time consulting ( I have a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration and an MBA, both from the University of Puget Sound, and a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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