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Stephen Lewis Longenecker

educator , historian

Stephen Lewis Longenecker, American historian, educator.


Longenecker, Stephen Lewis was born on July 6, 1951 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Richard Eberly and Jean Marie (Doerflein) Longenecker.


Bachelor of Science with honors, Shippensburg University, 1973. Master of Arts in History, West Virginia University, 1975. Master of Arts in History, Johns Hopkins University, 1988.

Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1989.


Staff assistant Church of Brethren, Washington, 1974—1975. Teacher history, wrestling coach Richwood (West Virginia) High School, 1975—1980. Teacher history, chairman social studies department, wrestling coach Solanco School District, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, 1980—1986.

Adjunct professor history Towson (Maryland) State University, 1987—1989. Professor history Bridgewater (Virginia) College, since 1989, chair, department history/political science, since 2003. Part-time lecturer history Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, spring 1989.

Printer's devil Forry and Hacker Printing, Lancaster, summers 1969-1974. Presenter in field.


Operations coordinator, congressional district coordinator, state chairman Common Cause/Pennsylvania. Member steering committee Lancaster County American Civil Liberties Union, 1984—1985. Member Lancaster County Peace Education Committee, 1985—1986, Northeast District History Committee, 1984—1989.

Member history committee Church of the Brethren, 1990—1998. Member state governor board, national issues coordinator Common Cause/West Virginia, 1978—1980. Member state governor board Common Cause/Pennsylvania, 1983—1986, 1988—1989.

Board directors Pennsylvania Council of Churches, 1984—1989.


Married Ada Mae Fridley, June 19, 1976. Children: Lewis, Carol.

Richard Eberly Longenecker

Jean Marie (Doerflein) Longenecker

Ada Mae Fridley

Lewis Longenecker

Carol Longenecker