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A reporter's Lincoln
Stevens, Walter B. (Walter Barlow), 1848-1939.
Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xviii, 305 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"A Bison original"--P. 4 of cover.
Reading Level:
1200 Lexile.
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From 1886 to 1909, Walter B. Stevens, chief of the Washington bureau of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, interviewed many people who had known Abraham Lincoln. As the centennial of Lincoln's birth approached, the Globe-Democrat assembled some of these materials for the series "Recollections of Lincoln," which appeared in early 1909. In 1916 about half of the "Recollections" articles appeared in A Reporter's Lincoln , published by the Missouri Historical Society. That work is reproduced here, supplemented by articles that were either omitted or only partially reproduced in the 1916 edition.   These little-known accounts flesh out the Lincoln record in a number of important ways. We find valuable new information on the Lincoln-Douglas debates and interesting testimony on Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln family traditions. The editor provides useful annotation on the identities of the informants and the likely veracity of the materials.

Author Notes

Walter B. Stevens (1848--1939) joined the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in 1881 and headed the paper's Washington bureau from 1884 to 1901. Michael Burlingame is a history professor at Connecticut College. He is the author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln and Lincoln Observed: The Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks .

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Booklist Review

Between 1886 and 1909, Walter B. Stevens, Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, interviewed a host of people who had intimately known or had some sort of personal contact with Abraham Lincoln. In 1916, the Missouri Historical Society published A Reporter's Lincoln, featuring about half of Stevens' original articles. In this reissue, editor Michael Burlingame has included a number of interviews that were either omitted or only partially excerpted in the first edition. These unpretentious recollections of Lincoln the clerk, the practical joker, the suitor, the lawyer, the legislator and politician, and the president serve to invigorate and add depth to the typical two-dimensional characterization of "Honest Abe" encountered in most historical literature. Delightfully entertaining and informative oral history that will appeal to both serious Lincoln scholars and casual admirers. --Margaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Editor's Introductionp. xiii
Part I A Reporter's Lincolnp. xix
They Knew Lincolnp. 1
Growing Days at New Salemp. 3
How He Broke the Quorump. 13
Duff Armstrong and the "Almanac"p. 21
Captain Henry King's Experiencep. 24
The "New Party" of the Fiftiesp. 25
A Drink and a Sunrisep. 26
The Eighth Circuitp. 31
The Bloomington Conventionp. 32
Lawyer, Philosopher, Statesmanp. 48
A Land Casep. 51
The "Lost Speech"p. 52
When He Was Just "Bob's Father"p. 55
Impressions Made on J. S. Ewingp. 56
How Jesse W. Fell Started the Debatersp. 59
How the News Camep. 62
The Lincoln Scrapbooksp. 64
President Mckinley's Lincoln Storyp. 65
The Bowl of Custardp. 91
How He Studied Germanp. 91
Albert Blair's Three Vivid Impressionsp. 92
The Friend of the Boysp. 95
The Bixby Collectionp. 97
Robert Lincoln in Two Crisesp. 105
Robert Lincoln in Two Crisesp. 109
Part 2 Supplementary Material from The St. Louis Globe-Democratp. 121
Francis E. Brownellp. 127
Martin L. Bundyp. 131
Stephen R. Cappsp. 138
John Carmodyp. 140
Jonathan H. Cheneyp. 141
Enos Clarkep. 142
James D. Connerp. 143
Shelby M. Cullomp. 151
George T. M. Davisp. 152
Lincoln's Sense of Honor in Politicsp. 156
Thomas Dowlingp. 159
Orlando B. Ficklinp. 160
William Fisher: Journey to a Henry Clay Conventionp. 163
Mrs. Annie C. Foxp. 164
Thomas Goodwinp. 165
Dennis Hanksp. 166
John B. Hendersonp. 167
J. F. Humphreysp. 170
James T. Jonesp. 173
Lyman Laceyp. 176
Thomas J. Lincolnp. 177
Mrs. James Judson Lordp. 178
Robert W. Mcclaughryp. 187
Thompson Ware Mcneelyp. 188
Henry Guest Mcpikep. 190
John F. Mendonsap. 192
Joseph B. Messickp. 193
Ezra M. Princep. 194
Addison G. Proctorp. 195
John W. Proctorp. 196
Owen T. Reevesp. 203
Henry M. Russellp. 204
Benjamin F. Shawp. 205
John Quincy Spearsp. 207
Adlai E. Stevensonp. 209
J. G. Stewartp. 211
Charles Church Tylerp. 217
Appendix I Mrs. Benjamin S. Edwards's Recollections Of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Toddp. 227
Appendix 2 The Accuracy of Newspaper Accounts of The1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debatesp. 229
Appendix 3 Lincoln's Meeting with the Missouri Radicals September 30, 1863p. 237
Notesp. 245
Indexp. 297