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Bruce E. Mowday is an author and Republican political activist who lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He specializes in books about local history. He is active on the Chester County Historical Society.
Mowday began working as sportswriter for the Coatesville Record while still in high school. He continued his journalism career at The Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, working as a courthouse reporter and rising to become managing editor. While at the Daily Local he covered the trials that form the basis of his book Jailing the Johnston Gang; the book was later cited by the Johnston brothers in an unsuccessful appeal for a new trial.
Mowday left journalism in 1997 to start the Mowday Group, a media relations and consulting company. His clients include local political groups and candidates, businesses, nonprofits, and artists. He also is a speaker on historical topics and actively markets his books.
Mowday co-founded the Brandywine Valley Writers Group in 2004 with writers Therese Boyd and Carla Westerman. He has been a guest speaker on the subject of writing and publishing, at both that group and at the Main Line Writers Group in King of Prussia, PA.
Mowday lives in Uwchlan Township, Chester County with his wife, Katherine. He has two grown daughters. He serves as chairman of the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau.
Mowday has published several books:
- Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice (Barricade Books);
- Unlikely Allies: Fort Delaware's Prison Community in the Civil War (Stackpole Books)
- September 11, 1777: Washington's Defeat at Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia (White Mane Publishers)
- Selling of an Author (White Mane Publishers)
- West Chester: Six Walking Tours
- "Spanning the Centuries" (a history of Caln Township, Chester County, written with his daughter Melissa Mowday)
He has also compiled six books of historical postcards and photographs, published by Arcadia Publishing:
- Along the Brandywine River
- Chester County Mushroom Farming
- West Chester
- "Metropolitan Area News in Brief". Philadelphia Inquirer. May 10, 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- Wood, Anthony R. (April 14, 2011). "Chesco's Johnston brothers denied new murder trial". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- Dix, Katrina (March 19, 2009). "Chester County author pens book on infamous Johnston gang". Daily Times. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
- "A new book spotlights Battle of Brandywine". Philadelphia Inquirer. February 2, 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2013.