Margaret Leech (1893–1974) was born in Newburgh, New
York, and is remembered for being one of the foremost American historians of
her time. She was a novelist, short story writer, and journalist, contributing
articles to the New York Times and the New
York World, among others. Her novel Reveille
in Washington was an immediate bestseller, and she
received a Pulitzer Prize for it in 1942. Leech is the first woman in
history to win two Pulitzer Prizes.