Phillip Tadeusz Turner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University with a BA in history and a minor in military science in 2008. He served two tours in Iraq with U.S. Army. He is currently working towards earning his Master of Arts in history at Boise State University. His research focuses on the diplomatic history of Poland. He has forgiven Cassius Clay for killing his ancestor, Cyrus Turner, in a duel in 1849.