David Richards

Contact: david@mcslibrary.org

David is Executive Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Library. He can speak on Margaret Chase Smith, a “woman of firsts” in American politics. She was the first woman elected to both the House and Senate; the first member of the Senate to denounce the tactics of Joseph McCarthy; and the first woman to be placed in nomination for the presidency at a major party’s convention.

David earned his B.A. in History from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, his M.A. in New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Poland Spring: A Tale of the Gilded Age.