July 11, 2013 New Biography of Robert Lincoln, Son of Abraham, Is Subject of Book Discussion
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Robert T. Lincoln was Abraham and Mary’s oldest and last-surviving son, yet little has been published about the lawyer, businessman and statesman who lived during one of the most progressive and dynamic eras in U.S. history.
In “Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), Jason Emerson, after nearly 10 years of research – much of it done at the Library of Congress – draws upon previously undiscovered materials to offer the first truly definitive biography of this son of the 16th president. Emerson will discuss and sign his book on Tuesday, July 16, at noon in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Library’s Manuscript Division. It is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Robert Lincoln played many roles during his lifetime – as a president’s son, a Union soldier, a minister to Great Britain and a U.S. secretary of war. He became one of the nation’s most respected and influential men, building a successful law practice in Chicago, serving as president of the Pullman Car Co., and at one time even being considered as a candidate for the U.S. presidency.
Lincoln also witnessed some of the most dramatic moments in America's history, including Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse; the advent of the railroad, telephone, electrical and automobile industries; and the circumstances surrounding the assassinations of three presidents of the United States (Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley).
Jason Emerson is a journalist and an independent historian who has been researching and writing about the Lincoln family for nearly 20 years. He is a former National Park Service park ranger at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. His previous books include “The Madness of Mary Lincoln,” “Lincoln the Inventor” and “The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln’s Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters.”
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