Oglethorpe, a 1972 graduate of Penn State University, is a descendent of miners and cokers.
After living in Columbia, Maryland for 33 years, Oglethorpe and his wife Jean moved to Fort Myers, Florida in 2007. Two years later he began writing, initially blogging about politics.
Leisenring No. 1 is Oglethrope first book. Set in 1900, the story takes you back to a time when coal and steel barons lived like kings. Men like H.C. Frick and Andrew Carnegie amassed great fortunes off the backs of powerless immigrant workers. Stuck in company towns like Leisenring, their lives were hard and dangerous.