A. Lincoln, Esquire: A Shrewd, Sophisticated Lawyer in His Time

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Mercer University Press, 2002 - 372 páginas
"Abraham Lincoln has long been considered the greatest president by scholars of American history. According to legal scholars, he could just as easily have been one of the foremost lawyers in the nation had he not become president." "Lincoln practiced law for about twenty-five years, mainly in the circuit courts of Illinois. However, he was hardly a hick country lawyer. In contrast, Lincoln was an incisive, determined, and assertive litigator with an overwhelming caseload. He sought out new business for his law firm and cared about earning a comfortable living." "A ten-year research project, the Lincoln Legal Papers, discovered thousands of yellowed legal documents in musty and dusty courtroom basements. Those handwritten legal papers related to more than 5,000 cases that Lincoln handled, more than 400 before the supreme court of Illinois. In addition, Lincoln appeared before justices of the peace, circuit court judges, and even the Supreme Court of the United States." "For the first time, this book uses the newly discovered legal documents to tell the story of more than sixty of Lincoln's cases. Many of these cases have never been written about previously. Allen D. Spiegel describes how Lincoln the lawyer handled a staggering variety of cases involving arbitration, assault and battery, bad debt, bankruptcy, bastardy, bestiality, breach of marriage, divorce, impeachment of an Illinois justice, insanity, land titles, libel, medical malpractice, murder, partnership dissolution, patent infringement, personal injuries, property damages, rape, railroad bonds, sexual slander, slave ownership, and wrongful dismissal."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Reverence for the Laws A Political Religion
1
A Lincoln Esquire The Evolution of a Lawyer
18
Lincolns Client Assaulted He Questioned His Physicians Medical School Graduation
51
Fired for Incompetency Asylums Medical Superintendent Sues
63
Lincoln Secures a Charter for a Homeopathic Medical College and Represents Railroads
84
Victorian Lawyers Improperly Healed Fractures and Americas First Medical Malpractice Crisis 18351865
105
Defense Lawyer A Lincoln Uses Chicken Bones in a Malpractice Case
116
Broken Wrist without Due Care Lincoln Defends the Physician
141
Abraham and Mary Lincoln and Insanity in the Courtroom
193
Chloroform Induced Insanity Defense Confounds Lawyer Lincoln
206
Lincolns Client Refuses to Pay the Doctors Bill for Services
222
Lincoln Politically Selects the Medical Expert on Insanity
244
Epilogue
274
References and Notes
279
Bibliography
317
Index
355

Lincolns Cases of Sex Slander and Sundry Suits
165

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