Quentin Underwood
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1632;
1634: The Baltic War (final appearance)
Nationality: United States of Europe (born in the United States of America)
Date of Death: 1634
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Occupation: Businessman
Affiliations: Fourth of July Party
Created by: Eric Flint

Quentin B. Underwood managed the coal mine in Grantville. Most members of the UMWA detested him. However, after the Ring of Fire, Mike Stearns, the newly appointed chairman of the Grantville Emergency Committee, selected Underwood for his cabinet. Many in the town were shocked by this, and even Harry Lefferts joked about impeaching Stearns for this choice. However, Stearns deliberately chose Underwood to serve as an "enemy" on the cabinet.

Underwood and Bill Porter were tasked with managing the town's power and energy resources. He held the position from 1631 into 1633, during and after the constitutional convention that created the New United States. In the immediate aftermath of the Battle of the Crapper, Underwood and Ed Piazza informed the committee that the town either needed an addtional ten thousand laborers in order to improve infrastructure to support both the down and the influx of refugees, or it would need to start shutting people out. Indeed, Underwood expressed some tentative favor for the second proposition, especially for the idea of driving captured mercenaries out. Instead, Stearns opted to give the POWs the choice of either staying and working or leaving.

This decision having been reached, Jeff Higgins arrived and announced his decision to marry Gretchen Richter. Underwood became one of the most vocal critics of this plan, although he was hardly the only one. However, somewhat cooler heads prevailed, as Rebecca Abrabanel explained the Spanish concept of limpieza, and how Grantville could opt for that model, or a model much closer to the original USA.

After this, Underwood played an important role in drafting the new Constitution and founding the Fourth of July Party. During the 1631 election, Underwood was elected to the House of Representatives.

He resigned his position to protest the NUS's decision to share antibiotics with the people of besieged Amsterdam. He later became a political supporter of Wilhelm Wettin.

In late 1633, he was co-owner of the coal gas-and-coke plant Magdeburg that Thorsten Engler and Eric Krenz worked in. He unfairly blamed Engler for the industrial accident at that plant, even though he had not taken to time to ensure that Engler had received adequate training.

In 1634, Underwood was killed during the Vicomte Turenne's raid on the Wietze oilfields. Underwood died fighting. Turenne, a general of the old school, sent a dispatch directly to now-Prime Minister Michael Stearns, informing him of Underwood's death, so that he would know that Underwood had not been targeted for assassination.