Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
Renehan grew up on Long Island and at aged 13 began learning the guitar. He studied blues guitar with the Reverend Gary Davis in New York as a teenager. By 20, he was playing and recording with folksingers Pete Seeger and Don McLean, among others. In his early twenties he performed with Happy Traum, Artie Traum and others at various venues and folk festivals in the North East.
Renehan graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz. Renehan worked for several New York publishing companies, focusing on the developing domain of digital publishing, including e-publishing and print-on-demand (POD) technologies. From 1994, he worked as a consultant and author, including writing books on the Kennedys, Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt and John Burroughs, as well as best-selling books about computers and computing. In 2006 and 2007, while serving as acting director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, he stole letters by Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt from its archives, which he sold for about $97,000. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to a federal charge and a state charge related to the theft. He apologized for his actions, which he stated occurred during the manic phase of bipolar disorder which was undiagnosed at the time. "I alone am responsible for this one great, indelible stain which now and forever disfigures a life I am otherwise proud of", he said. In September 2008, he was sentenced to eighteen months in minimum security federal imprisonment and was fined $86,000 in restitution. Biographer T.J. Stiles cast doubts on the accuracy of certain claims in Renehan's book about Cornelius Vanderbilt, which was written during Renehan's manic period. Following his release he continued to work in publishing, including founding New Street Communications which is focused on digital and POD editions. On his website, he describes that medication he has taken since his diagnosis has stabilized his bipolar mood swings.
Renehan is married, has two children, and lives in Rhode Island. He has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and that of the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District, and is active in the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association.
- Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons (ISBN 978-0465068869)
- The Kennedys at War
- The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown
- John Burroughs: An American Naturalist
- Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
- The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and his Family in Peace and War
- Great American Websites
- 1001 Really Cool Websites (book/disc)
- 1001 Programming Tools (book/disc)
- The Scientific American Guide to Science on the Internet
- Net Worth: Creating and Maximizing Wealth with the Internet (book/disc)
- Science on the Web
- The Clearwater Songbook (editor)
- Hackerproof (1st edition), with Lars Klander
- A RIVER VIEW and Other Hudson Valley Essays by John Burroughs (editor)
- Fleming, Arline A. (14 November 1997). "Past, present and future, Ed Renehan has it covered: Where once he toiled in the world of Manhattan publishing, he's now the author of histories and best-selling computer books". Providence Journal-Bulletin.
- Neumeister, Larry (May 21, 2008). "Historian Admits He Stole Presidential Letters". The New York Sun. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Davis, Paul (May 29, 2008). "An author's life careens from scholarly pursuits to thefts". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Neuminster, Larry (September 19, 2008). "18-month sentence in NY presidential letters theft". Seattle Times. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Renehan, Ed (2011). "Music Bio". edrenehan.com. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Renehan, Ed (2011). "Ed Renehan - Tech Publishing". edrenehan.com. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "U.S. historian sentenced for stealing Lincoln letter". Reuters. September 20, 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- T.J. Stiles (21 April 2009). The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 582–584. ISBN 978-0-375-41542-5. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- Garner, Dwight (December 4, 2009). "The Reading Life: On Biography and Malpractice". artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- Wolff, Carlos (April 27, 2009). "'First Tycoon' recalls the robust Cornelius Vanderbilt". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
- Ed, Renehan (2011). "Ed Renehan - In Brief". edrenehan.com. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Renehan, Ed (2011). "Ed Renehan - Manic Depression". edrenehan.com. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- Charlotte Zoë Walker (2000). Sharp eyes: John Burroughs and American nature writing. Syracuse University Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8156-0637-6. Retrieved 9 June 2011.