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Lincoln & the Speeds

Monday, February 16, 2009
Lincoln & the Speeds

When Abraham Lincoln arrived in Springfield, Illinois in 1837, his first order of business was to purchase a mattress and beddings to sleep on – preferably on credit, since he couldn’t afford to buy them outright. What he got instead was an offer to stay with the storekeeper, Kentuckian Joshua Speed – an arrangement he accepted and which would turn into a lifelong friendship. Lincoln would eventually befriend Joshua’s brother James as well, whom he appointed Attorney General during his Presidency. Join us Monday for a look back at our conversation on Lincoln and the Speeds. Because this is an archived edition we will not be taking calls.

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