Author Talk: Dr. Wayne Temple's Newest Book: Lincoln's Confidant
Journalist Noah Brooks first saw Abraham Lincoln in 1856. His news report suggests that both he and the others in attendance at a Lincoln speech were disappointed in the man's physical appearance. However, he also reported that all changed when Lincoln spoke. Brooks then wrote that Lincoln "could not fail to arrest the attention and favorably impress the most prejudiced mind.
Dr. Wayne Temple's newest book, Lincoln's Confidant, will be the subject of a talk at Books on the Square at 427 East Washington Street in Springfield at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Noah Brooks filed many Lincoln stories over subsequent years, including the Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, Lincoln's election to the presidency and the Civil War. During this time of national turmoil, Brooks and Lincoln became friends.
Temple's book tells that the two met almost daily at the White House to discuss the war news and suggests that their friendship perhaps became the closest friendship of Lincoln's final years. Brooks was also admired by Mrs. Lincoln. It was planned that he would replace John G. Nicolay as personal secretary on the President's staff in the second administration, an action derailed by Lincoln's assassination.
James Cornelius, a historian and Lincoln scholar, will interview Dr. Temple in an open dialogue about this book and Noah Brooks.
Dr. Temple is a longtime researcher and writer of books and articles about Lincoln. He recently retired from a long career at the Illinois State Archives. At 92, Temple has been called the "greatest living Lincoln historian" and is respected throughout the world for his research and writings.
The event is free and open to the public. Chili and a light lunch will be served at 12:30.
Dr. Temple will also sign copies of his books.
For more information, contact John or Jeannie Alexander at 217-965-5443.
Books on the Square
427 East Washington Stret
Springfield, Illinois (Map)