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Lincoln's ladder to the presidency : the eighth judicial circuit

Author: Guy C Fraker
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.
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Throughout his twenty-three-year legal career, Abraham Lincoln spent nearly as much time on the road as an attorney for the Eighth Judicial Circuit as he did in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. Yet most historians gloss over the time and instead have Lincoln emerge fully formed as a skillful politician in 1858. In this innovative volume, Guy C. Fraker provides the first-ever study of Lincoln's professional and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012005552
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln; Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Guy C Fraker
ISBN: 0809332027 9780809332021
OCLC Number: 818727267
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: A new country --
As happy as he could be --
Purely and entirely a case lawyer --
Sangamon, Tazewell, Woodford --
Mclean, Livingston, Logan, Dewitt --
Piatt, Champagne, Vermilion --
Edgar, Shelby, Moultrie, Macon, Christian, Menard, Mason --
The 1840s and the early 1850s --
The awakenment --
The repeal ... aroused me again --
The tall sucker and the little giant --
A little sketch --
No stone unturned --
We saw him no more.
Responsibility: Guy C. Fraker ; with a foreword by Michael Burlingame.

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Throughout his twenty-three-year legal career, Abraham Lincoln spent nearly as much time on the road as an attorney for the Eighth Judicial Circuit as he did in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. Yet most historians gloss over the time and instead have Lincoln emerge fully formed as a skillful politician in 1858. In this innovative volume, Guy C. Fraker provides the first-ever study of Lincoln's professional and personal home away from home and demonstrates how the Eighth Judicial Circuit and its people propelled Lincoln to the presidency. Each spring and fall, Lincoln traveled to as many as fourteen county seats in the Eighth Judicial Circuit to appear in consecutive court sessions over a ten- to twelve-week period. Fraker describes the people and counties that Lincoln encountered, discusses key cases Lincoln handled, and introduces the important friends he made, friends who eventually formed the team that executed Lincoln's nomination strategy at the Chicago Republican Convention in 1860 and won him the presidential nomination. As Fraker shows, the Eighth Judicial Circuit provided the perfect setting for the growth and ascension of Lincoln. A complete portrait of the sixteenth president depends on a full understanding of his experience on the circuit, and Lincoln's Ladder to the Presidency provides that understanding as well as a fresh perspective on the much-studied figure, thus deepening our understanding of the roots of his political influence and acumen.

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