My guest today is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and of the University of Virginia School of Law. He has had a lifelong interest in American political history, particularly concerning the presidency. He is the author of two historical fiction books set in the years before the Civil War. Their titles are And Tyler No More and And Union No More. He has also written two books on the history of presidential nominating conventions, The First American Political Conventions and President-Making in the Gilded Age. Welcome to Authors Over 50, Stan Haynes.