Lincoln's Forgotten Friend, Leonard Swett

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Lincoln's Forgotten Friend, Leonard Swett

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Description

In 1849, while traveling as an attorney on the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln befriended Leonard Swett (1825–89), a fellow attorney sixteen years his junior. Despite this age difference, the two men built an enduring friendship that continued until Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. Until now, no historian has explored Swett’s life or his remarkable relationship with the sixteenth president. In this welcome volume,Robert S. Eckley provides the first biography of Swett, crafting an intimate portrait of his experiences as a loyal member of Lincoln’s inner circle.

With Lincoln’s Forgotten Friend, Eckley removes Swett from the shadows of history and sheds new light on Lincoln’s personal relationships and their valuable contributions to his career.

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ISBN

9780809332052

Publication Date

Fall 11-12-2012

Publisher

Southern Illinois University Press

City

Carbondale, Ill.

Keywords

Abraham Lincoln, lawyers, Illinois, Leonard Swett

Disciplines

History | United States History