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Who is William H. Seward?

August 15, 2008

As the front runner for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination before I was selected as the party's nominee, William H. Seward was my political rival. He was to be my Secretary of State and later my close personal friend. He helped me write my First Inaugural address (see p. 158 of our book) and the Emancipation Proclamation. ..more

Who is Erasmus Bassett?

July 22, 2008

You will not find his name in the index of Lincoln at Gettysburg. He was not a famous man nor someone that I knew personally. He was one of the Union soldiers that I purposefully did not name in my address at Gettysburg, but it is "altogether fitting and proper" that I do so here, because this brave man was one of the thousands of men who gave "the last full measure of devotion" on that battlefield...more

Who is Edward Everett?

July 16, 2008

Although my own remarks at the dedication of Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA were a mere three minutes long, my contemporary, Edward Everett, played a more prominent role in the dedication ceremony by giving the Oration...more

Additional Resources

Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet

Lincoln and His Circle (University of Rochester Rare Books and Special Collections)

Mr. Lincoln and Friends (The Lincoln Institute)

Mr. Lincoln's White House: Cabinet and Vice Presidents (The Lincoln Institute)