The Life of Abraham Lincoln: From His Birth to His Inauguration as President

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U of Nebraska Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 547 pages
Ward H. Lamon?s biography, which first appeared in 1872, presented a rustic portrait of the young Lincoln as he would be depicted in numerous books and later in movies: "He wore flax and tow linen pantaloons?I thought about five inches too short in the legs?and frequently he had but one suspender, no vest or coat." Straightforward in tone, the book was the first challenge to the filiopietistic school of Abraham Lincoln biography. One of Lincoln?s few close friends, Lamon based his book on materials gathered by Lincoln?s law partner William Herndon. Lamon?s was the first Lincoln biography to be based on this indispensable collection. Joining forces with a politically well-connected ghost writer, Chauncey F. Black, Lamon produced a book controversial for its treatment of Lincoln?s paternity, his courtships and marriage, and its assertion of Lincoln?s lack of Christian faith. The Life of Abraham Lincoln from His Birth to His Inauguration as President was initially rejected by reviewers and the reading public as too invasive of Lincoln?s privacy. Today?s readers can relish the vivid account of Lincoln?s boyhood, his young manhood, and his years in the Illinois legislature. Full accounts of Lincoln?s relationships with Ann Rutledge, Mary Owens, and Mary Todd are equally valuable.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
Clothes and comforts Abe and his sister Abe leads a new life
19
PORTRAIT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN Frmtitpiece
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Abes return from New Orleans Sawing planks for a new house
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MR LINCOLN AS A FLATBOATMAN
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CHAPTER IV
85
CHAPTER V
97
CHAPTER VI
121
CHAPTER XII
274
HON DAVID DAVIS JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
313
CHAPTER XIV
333
JOHN T STUART
352
WILLIAM H HERXDON
372
CHAPTER XVI
389
CHAPTER XVII
421
CHAPTER XIX
466

CHAPTER VII
135
James Rutledge His family Ann Rutledge John McNeil Is engaged
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CHAPTER IX
172
CHAPTER X
184
CHAPTER XI
223
MR LINCOLNS HOME IN SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS
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CHAPTER XX
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NORMAN B JUDD
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Rodney O. Davis is co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College and co-editor, with Douglas L. Wilson, of Herndon?s Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln.

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