WIlliam P. Marchione is a retired history professor, author, lecturer and oral historian. He holds degrees in history from Boston University (BA, 1964), George Washington University (MA, 1969) and Boston College (PhD, 1994). In the mid-1970s he did extensive graduate work on the history of the American South at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Marchione taught history both at the public school and at the university level for over forty years. In the mid-1980s he served as an elected member of the Boston School Committee. He is the author of seven books and hundreds of published articles. His writings have appeared in the New England Quarterly and the South Carolina Historical Magazine, among other publications, and for a period of several years he wrote regular historical columns for the Boston Tab newspaper. A former longtime member of the Boston Landmarks Commission, Dr. Marchione has received countless awards and citations for his work as a local historian, educator, preservationist and lecturer. In 2009 he relocated from Boston, Massachusetts to Smyrna, Georgia where he continues to be actively engaged as an historian, author, and public lecturer.