Christian McBurney was raised in Kingston, Rhode Island in a home built in 1809.  In high school, he wrote a book on the history of Kingston, which was not a bad effort for a teenager!  He graduated from South Kingstown High School in 1977 and from Brown University in 1981. At Brown, he wrote a 300-page undergraduate history thesis on colonial South Kingstown planter society.  After graduating from New York University School of Law in 1985, he embarked on a career as an attorney.  Currently, he is a partner with the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP in its Washington, D.C. office focusing on business tax law.  He lives with my wife, Margaret, in Kensington, Maryland, where they raised three wonderful children, Ryan, Kyle and Victoria.  He has renewed interest in history writing by writing the adult version of the history of Kingston, which was published in 2004.  Christian’s other books include: A History of Kingston, R.I. 1700-1900, Jailed for Preaching, The Rhode Island Campaign, and Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island. To learn more about the author please visit his website at


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