David Turk

The position of historian has existed in the U.S. Marshals Service only since 1984; David Turk is the second historian, in the job since 2001. He has worked for the service for nearly 23 years. Although a native of Washington D.C. who grew up in Virginia, Turk does have a genealogical tie to the American West. His great-grandfather lived in Gainesville, Texas, and he remembers his grandfather sharing tales of Indian Territory tribesmen. He’s currently writing a modern agency history, from 1940 to 2002, as a follow-up to The Lawmen: United States Marshals and Their Deputies, 1789-1989, written by former USMS Historian Frederick S. Calhoun.