Robert Newton Peck
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Robert Newton Peck
|Born||Robert Newton Peck|
February 17, 1928
Ludlow, Vermont, U.S.
|Genre||Young adult literature|
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Peck claims his birth date to have been February 17, 1928, but refuses to specify his birthplace. It is believed to be Ticonderoga, New York, where he spent his early years with his mother, Lucille Dornburgh Peck, and aunt Caroline Dornburgh.
He attended Ticonderoga High School. His only verified Vermont connection, which Peck hints as his real birthplace, comes from his father, who was born in Sunderland, Vermont.
Peck served in World War II as a machine-gunner in the U.S. Army 88th Infantry Division. After he returned to the United States, Peck entered Rollins College, graduating in 1953. He then entered Cornell Law School, but failed to complete his studies.
Peck published his first novel, A Day No Pigs Would Die, which was a semi-autobiography of his childhood, in 1972 at the age of forty-four. To date, his credits include fifty-five novels, six nonfiction works, thirty-five songs, three television specials and over one hundred poems.
He married Dorothy Anne Houston and fathered two children: Anne and Christopher. The best man at the wedding, and the godfather to the children, was Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood fame.
In 1984, Peck was sued by Mary Jo Wardlaw, an Erskine College student, for outrageous conduct causing severe emotional distress and slander, for comments he made during a convocation speech at the college (318 S.E.2d 284, S.C.App., 1984). A South Carolina appeals court upheld a $24,000 jury verdict against Peck for slander on the theory that when Peck cast aspersions upon Wardlaw's chastity, his public remarks were slanderous per se.
- "Robert N Peck in household of Caroline Dornburgh", United States Census, 1930; Ticonderoga, Essex, New York; roll T626 1438, page 6A, line 24, enumeration district 29, Family History film 2341173. Retrieved on 20 Feb 2018.
- "Robert N Peck in household of Caroline Dornburgh", United States Census, 1940; Ticonderoga, Essex, New York; roll T627 2533, page 5A, line 1, enumeration district 16-33. Retrieved on 20 Feb 2018.
- Court of Appeals of South Carolina (May 25, 1984). "Wardlaw v. Peck, 318 S.E.2d 270 (S.C. Ct. App. 1984)". Court Listener. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
-  Archived November 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.