Author Interview: Guy Fraker On Lincoln’s “Ladder” To The Presidency


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Abraham Lincoln was not a drinker, though he represented clients on both sides of the temperance issue when he traveled Central Illinois on horseback as a young case lawyer.

Alcohol in the mid-1800s will be the topic of a discussion Thursday night, 7 p.m., at the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.  Bloomington attorney and author Guy Fraker will sign copies of his latest book, Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Ciruit at 6:30 before the event.

In the book, Fraker argues that Lincoln’s neutrality on the issues of alcohol and slavery made him a better lawyer and his law practice gave him the political connections needed to reach the White House.

Fraker spoke with WUIS’ Peter Gray about a case Lincoln tried in Central Illinois that is mentioned in Steven Spielberg’s biopic, why he admires Lincoln as an attorney and how towns like Decatur were transformed by the rails as Lincoln climbed what Fraker calls his “Ladder to the Presidency”:

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