The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a strange case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and which was played out in the nation's newspapers as he began his presidential campaign.At the end of the summer of 1859, twenty-two-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than three thousand cases--including more than twenty-five murder trials--during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him. This was to be his last great case as a lawyer.What normally would have been a local case took on momentous meaning. Lincoln's debates with Senator Stephen Douglas the previous fall had gained him a national following, transforming the little-known, self-taught lawyer into a respected politician. He was being urged to make a dark-horse run for the presidency in 1860. Taking this case involved great risk. His reputation was untarnished, but should he lose this trial, should Harrison...
|Title||:||Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency|
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Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency Reviews
Just when you thought there was not another angle to find to write a new Lincoln book, here is a book that looks at the last major trial Lincoln was involved with as a lawyer before he became President. The story tries to work like a novel and uses transcriptions from the trial in an attempt to do that.
The trial itself is a self-defense/murder trail so there is never any mystery other than whether or not the accused will be found not-guilty by reason of self-defense. The story itself was not all ...more
Decent overall - some parts I found really boring, but it was interesting take on Lincoln as a lawyer and the history of the criminal justice system.
The title of the book can be misleading and cause some to think this is a book about Lincoln. It is more the tale of the court transcriber, Robert Roberts Hitt and his transcript of the Peachy Quinn Harrison murder trial. Written in a form of a novel, the book takes a real-life courtroom drama that happens to feature a future president to create an exploration into the pre-Civil War legal systems that were being developed in the circuit courts of the western frontier. In this case, Illinois bein ...more
Lincoln's Last Trial is an account of the 1859 trial of Simeon Quinn "Peachy" Harrison whom Lincoln successfully defended against the charge of murder in the stabbing death of Greek Crafton. While this was not technically Lincoln's last trial, it was his last murder trial. An although it is a stretch to say that the trial propelled him to the presidency, it is fair to say that it was a very high profile trial and the visibility and winning the case did not hurt his public standing.
Author Dan Abr ...more
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Fantastic read, full review to come.
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This book was much more than I expected. Being that this was about a murder trial I was anticipating a lot of legalize terminology and actions. However, this was very well written, in a "folksy" way that matched the character of each of the participants. The story was based on a manuscript found in 1989 in a garage in Fresno, California of the grandson of Quinn "Peachy" Harrison who was the person on trial in 1859. The manuscript was the court proceedings taken by the court "stenographer" Robert ...more
What an interesting and fascinating read..It dealt with Abraham Lincoln's "performance" in the courtroom during his last big trial before he went on to become president. He knew all the people involved in the trial personally and was able to put together the facts and present a reasonable case. His closing presentation, was sometimes filled with great emotion, always truthful, eloquent and riveting, as though be were speaking directly to every juror and person in the courtroom. These events led ...more
As a person who has never heard of Lincoln's last murder case, I found this book very informative. Not only Abe Lincoln was yet again proven to be a great leader but he had an amazing ability to win a case that was set for failure from the beginning.
For those who do not know the case, Peachy Quinn Harrison had stabbed Greek Crafton during a fight. Days earlier the two had another clash during town's gathering and both made treats against each other. The night of the horrific incident, Peachy pul ...more