Lincoln's Herndon

Lincoln's Herndon

David Herbert Donald / Oct 21, 2019

Lincoln s Herndon Occasionally a book that begins as a work of scholarship becomes a great and profoundly moving human document This life of Lincoln s friend law partner and biographer is such a book It has a two fold

  • Title: Lincoln's Herndon
  • Author: David Herbert Donald
  • ISBN: 9780306803536
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • Occasionally a book that begins as a work of scholarship becomes a great and profoundly moving human document This life of Lincoln s friend, law partner and biographer is such a book It has a two fold focus on the Abe Lincoln in Illinois daysthe days of Lincoln s courting, arguing, and politicking and on Herndon s long and wracking fight to publish his biography in tOccasionally a book that begins as a work of scholarship becomes a great and profoundly moving human document This life of Lincoln s friend, law partner and biographer is such a book It has a two fold focus on the Abe Lincoln in Illinois days the days of Lincoln s courting, arguing, and politicking and on Herndon s long and wracking fight to publish his biography in the face of poverty, drive, and disillusionment, it achieves the impetus and grandeur of tragedy David Donald has given us a magnificent account of how a country lawyer became a national figure and what happened to the friend he left behind when he became president An impressive study of mythmakers and mythmaking, this biography of William Henry Herndon, a man intimately connected to movements for abolition of slavery, temperance, religious liberalism, currency reform, and women s rights is also a sweeping picture of America just before, during, and after the Civil War.

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    About "David Herbert Donald"

      • David Herbert Donald

        Majoring in history and sociology, Donald earned his bachelor degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi He earned his PhD in 1946 under the eminent, leading Lincoln scholar, James G Randall at the University of Illinois Randall as a mentor had a big influence on Donald s life and career, and encouraged his prot g to write his dissertation on Lincoln s law partner, William Herndon The dissertation eventually became his first book, Lincoln s Herndon, published in 1948 After graduating, he taught at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins and, from 1973, Harvard University He also taught at Smith College, the University of North Wales, Princeton University, University College London and served as Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University At Johns Hopkins, Columbia, and Harvard he trained dozens of graduate students including Jean H Baker, William J Cooper, Jr Michael Holt, Irwin Unger, and Ari Hoogenboom.He received the Pulitzer Prize twice 1961 and 1988 , several honorary degrees, and served as president of the Southern Historical Association Donald also served on the editorial board for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln.David H Donald was the Charles Warren Professor of American History emeritus from 1991 at Harvard University He wrote over thirty books, including well received biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Wolfe and Charles Sumner He specialized in the Civil War and Reconstruction periods, and in the history of the South.


    767 Comments

    1. First published in 1948, this is a great overview of Lincoln's Springfield law partner who remains immortal in Lincoln lore because of his quest to write the ultimate Lincoln biography that only partly came to fruition. Herndon was nine years younger than Lincoln and was unable to answer himself how he became Lincoln's law partner. The book spurned my curiosity about several aspects of Lincoln life and culminated in my search for Herndon's original letter on Lincoln's religion written in 1870 an [...]


    2. Although I find Abraham Lincoln to be one of the greatest presidents, this book was a bit laborious for me and gets bogged down in every detail. My husband loved this book and would give it 4 or 5 stars, it just wasn't one of my favorite books on Lincoln.




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