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An Honest Calling
The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln
Mark E. Steiner
Award of Superior Achievement, Illinois State Historical Society, 2007
“Remarkable ... this study provides the groundwork for understanding Abraham Lincoln's transformational role in the presidency.”—North & South
“The best work so far on Lincoln as a lawyer ... an intriguing tale.”—Journal of Illinois History
“More so than other books about Lincoln as a lawyer, Steiner places Lincoln's law practice in the broader context of antebellum law practice, with an engaging and thoroughly researched examination of the minutiae of Lincoln's life as a lawyer. One of the best.”—Law and History Review
Abraham Lincoln practiced law for nearly 25 years, five times longer than he served as president. Nonetheless, this aspect of his life was known only in the broadest outlines until the Lincoln Legal Papers project set to work gathering the surviving documentation of more than 5,600 of his cases. One of the first scholars to work in this vast collection, Mark E. Steiner goes beyond the hasty sketches of previous biographers to paint a detailed portrait of Lincoln the lawyer.
(2006) 282 pp.
Mark E. Steiner is Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law. He received both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Houston.
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