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
This book first grabbed my attention when I read that it was written from the original 1859 transcript that was found in the defendant’s great grandson’s garage, back in 1989. It seems crazy that such a valuable piece of history was simply in a shoebox.
22 yr old Simeon (Peachy) Quinn Harrison was accused of killing Greek Crafton in what he claimed was self defense. This was a high profile case that took place in Springfield Illinois and garnered much attention. Lincoln was already known for his ...more
I would have to call this a 4-, because of some flaws, but I enjoyed it tremendously. I love courtroom dramas, and this one was real! Plus it was Abraham Lincoln! It is well-told, sounding more like a novel than nonfiction, although there is lots of very interesting history woven in. I especially appreciated the legal history, e.g., I had no idea that in 1859 a defendant could NOT testify at his trial, because he could not be expected to tell the truth! This is a fascinating book, and it has fav ...more
Any Lincoln fan would enjoy this new information about the amazing man.
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
You can see how this book was put together. The author did a prodigious amount of research to put this together. He had a good place to start. The trial in focus was one of the first in downstate Illinois that had a trial transcript. It wasn’t complete in our sense of modern court transcripts – the closing arguments weren’t captured – but the trial, with teams of lawyers on both sides, was captured in detail. The authors then researched the people involved in the trial, from the judge to the wit ...more
I read this from an ARC from the publisher, not the final sales edition.
This work of narrative non-fiction is very readable, but has a bibliography that made me wonder a bit. About half of the sources listed are internet versions of things, some of which are merely online versions of books, but others are articles which, themselves, would have to be checked for veracity.
In any case, what the two authors have done is take the facts of a real murder trial, and using various sources, turn it into a ...more
Short Lincoln tale
Interesting view of the state of law in mid 1800s and the intersection of the lives of the main players thereafter. Bathe story is well told.
I had no idea that Lincoln was such a distinguished and accomplished litigator. However, I wonder how successful he would be if he was a lawyer today because he would not be allowed to say so many things during closing argument that endeared him with jurors.