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The Life of Abraham Lincoln                    by Ward H. Lamon

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The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ward H. Lamon

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The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ward H. Lamon

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 From the library of once Secretary of the Navy, Nathan Goff.

 Ward Hill Lamon was a personal friend and self-appointed bodyguard of President Abraham Lincoln. Lamon was famously absent the night of Lincoln’s assassination, having been sent by Lincoln to Richmond. His professional association with Lincoln started in 1852, when he became Lincoln's law partner in Danville, Illinois. Their partnership lasted up until 1857 when Lamon became the prosecuting attorney in Bloomington in 1858.   Lamon joined the then-young Republican Party and campaigned for Lincoln in 1860. Lincoln was up against New York Senator William Seward for the  presidential nomination, when Lamon proved his friendship by printing up extra tickets for the convention to fill the hall with Lincoln supporters.  Lamon hoped for a diplomatic post, but received a letter from his elected friend that said, "Dear Hill, I need you. I want you to go to Washington with me and be prepared for a long stay." Lamon then traveled with Lincoln to Washington DC in February 1861.

Lamon was a physically imposing man who often took it upon himself to guard Lincoln.  IN February of 1861, detective Allan Pinkerton uncovered a plot to assassinate Lincoln when he arrived in Baltimore on his way to his inauguration in Washington. Pinkerton advised Lincoln to take a midnight train straight through to the capital. Lamon was the sole friend chosen to accompany Lincoln.

This book, published in 1872 by James R. Osgood & Co. of Boston contains allegations and personal information deemed scandalous by nineteenth century society.                   

                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

      

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