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LUNCH WITH BOOKS SPECIAL: Walter Stahr, Stanton and the Wheeling Bridge Case

November 16, 2017


Event starts at 12:00 PM.

With the murder of Lincoln, the task of reconstruction would take a very different face and raise political retaliation in the U.S. to a fever pitch. Secretary Stanton would play a Goliath role in the political fallout after President Lincoln’s death. Born in Steubenville, Ohio in 1814, Stanton was enrolled at Kenyon College, but was compelled to leave early in his sophomore year to help support his family after their finances unexpectedly crashed. Faced with this daunting challenge, Stanton then set about to secure a “Lincolnesque” education; first in Columbus and then back in Steubenville. Securing his legal education under a preceptor in Steubenville, Stanton passed his bar examination in 1835 and turned to practice law in Cadiz. As an attorney, Stanton practiced the bulk of his profession in Pittsburgh and argued and won the most influential U.S. Supreme Court decision in the history of — and in favor of — Pittsburgh, the Wheeling Bridge case.

Biographer Walter Stahr came to Wheeling in March of 2016 to access the Ohio County Public Library Elizabeth Monroe Papers archival collection while doing his research for his latest book, Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary and will return to the Library for a special Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books edition of Lunch With Books, Thursday, November 16 at noon to talk about Stanton's connections to the Upper Ohio Valley and his dealings with the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The program is free and open to the public. Award-winning biographer Walter Stahr will tell the story of Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Stanton is the man Lincoln entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union. Stahr, author of the New York Times bestseller "Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man," came to Wheeling to access the Ohio County Public Library’s Elizabeth Monroe papers archival collection while doing his research for this new book, "STANTON: LINCOLN’S WAR SECRETARY," and will talk about his book and and will talk about his book and Stanton’s relations to the Upper Ohio Valley and his connection to the Wheeling Suspension Bridge Court Case. 

(Don’t miss People’s University, Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm, when OCPL Archivist Laura Carroll will talk about the Elizabeth Monroe papers and more!)

 


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