Lincoln’s spin doctors: ‘Boys’ molded slain president’s legacy

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In 1863, Lincoln’s private secretaries had their picture taken with “the Prest.” John Nicolay (left) and John Hay “helped invent the Lincoln we know today,” writes historian Joshua Zeitz. | Library of Congress photo

The elites didn’t get him.

Sen. James Grimes of Iowa, a fellow Republican, tut-tutted that the Lincoln administration was “a disgrace from the very beginning to every one who had any thing to do with bringing it into power.”

Charles Sumner, a leading abolitionist, grumbled that the nation needed “a president with brains — one who can make a plan and carry it out.” Continue reading

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