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


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