Gormley’s “The Death of American Virtue” Draws Large Audience

Ken Gormley
Ken Gormley presents “The Death of American Virtue.”
Historical Society Attendees
Paul Donnelly, Historical Society president,
and Ken Gormley with
U.S. District Judges Howard Sachs and Ortrie Smith


On Feb. 10, 2011, author Ken Gormley drew an audience of over 200 people to the Plaza Library for discussion of his book “The Death of American Virtue.”  The event was co-sponsored by the Federal Court Historical Society and the Truman Library Institute.  The audience was treated to a fascinating presentation by Gormley, a 1980 Harvard Law graduate and the dean at Duquesne University School of Law.  His narrative is considered the definitive account of that polarizing period in American politics that led to the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton.

Gormley was the Historical Society’s most recent speaker in a series designed to bring in authors whose work touches on some significant legal aspect of American or regional history. The next visiting author will be announced later this summer. The local chapter of the Federal Historical Society was founded in 1988 by the judges of the Western District of Missouri to commemorate the bicentennial of the Constitution. Interest in it has been sustained over the years by the judges of the court. Membership is free to any practitioner.





Gormley signs books   Guests
Gormley signs books      More than 200 guests attend
the presentation.

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