Newsmaker: Daniel P. Barr
Noteworthy: After 10 years of work, Barr finished a book about the Revolution-era power struggle between Virginia and Pennsylvania over the territory that became Western Pennsylvania. “A Colony Sprung from Hell: Pittsburgh and the Struggle for Authority on the Western Pennsylvania Frontier, 1744-1794,” explores the unique circumstances that drew the region into the American Revolution and set the stage for the Whiskey Rebellion. Barr traces some of Western Pennsylvania’s modern character to this era of tumultuous isolation.
Family: Married to Nicole; daughter, Delaney; son, Coldan.
Residence: Grove City
Occupation: History professor at Robert Morris University.
Education: Barr earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1994 and a master’s in history in 1996 from Slippery Rock University, as well as a doctorate in Early American History from Kent State University in 2001.
Quote: “What this book really is all about is the lack of any clear governing presence in this region for the better part of five decades. I think we still see this in the latent parochialism we still have — the distrust or disinclination to, sometimes, getting in line with national or state authority.”