Born in Washington, D.C., in 1943, H. Graham Lowry graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1965, majoring in American history. Awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, he enrolled for graduate study at the University of Wisconsin (M.A., 1968). He taught undergraduate history at Wisconsin, and subsequently at Rutgers (Newark) and Boston University. In 1979-80, he directed Lyndon LaRouche’s Presidential primary campaign in New Hampshire, and he served for many years as a member of the National Committee of the National Caucus of Labor Committees, a philosophical association founded by Lyndon LaRouche in the late 1960s. In later years, nothing was more enjoyable to him than teaching members of the LaRouche Youth Movement, and taking them to see the historic sites where America’s patriots had advanced the cause of the Republic.
A number of Graham’s forebears, as ordinary citizens, took part in some of the episodes of this book; but none of his academic colleagues ever suggested that America had such an inspiring past. With his wife, Pamela, and twin sons, Colin and Malcolm, he visited and photographed most of the locations mentioned in this book. Graham died on July 28, 2003 from the effects of hemochromatosis, a genetic disease that was diagnosed too late to save his life.
Here is the impetuous young officer whose miraculous survival in combat half-convinced him that he could not be killed. Here is the free-spending landowner whose debts to English merchants instilled him with a prickly resentment of imperial power. We see the general who lost more battles than he won and the reluctant president who tried to float above the partisan feuding of his cabinet. His Excellency is a magnificent work, indispensable to an understanding not only of its subject but also of the nation he brought into being.