Lincoln the Lawyer

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University of Illinois Press, 2007 M03 15 - 248 pages
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This fascinating history explores Abraham Lincoln's legal career, investigating the origins of his desire to practice law, his legal education, his partnerships with John Stuart, Stephen Logan, and William Herndon, and the maturation of his far-flung practice in the 1840s and 1850s. Brian Dirck also examines Lincoln's clientele, how he charged his clients, and how he addressed judge and jury, as well as his views on legal ethics and the supposition that he never defended a client he knew to be guilty.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Great God Almighty
9
2 The Brethren
33
3 Promissory Notes
54
4 The Energy Men
76
5 The Show
99
6 Death and the Maidens
120
7 Storytelling
138
8 Grease
154
Conclusion
173
Notes
177
Bibliography and Sources
211
Index
221
Back Cover
233
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Brian Dirck is an associate professor of history at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and the author of Lincoln and Davis: Imagining America, 1809-1865.

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