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December 15, 2016

Bestselling Author and Lincoln Expert to Present at Wesleyan

Ronald C. White, internationally-known and bestselling author of A. Lincoln: A Biography, will present “Abraham Lincoln 2017: Wisdom for Today” at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in Wesley Chapel on the Buckhannon campus.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Keeping in mind that Abraham Lincoln is a 19th century leader, Lincoln biographer White will present excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches, letters, and notes to himself to show how Lincoln’s wisdom- as a lawyer, politician, president, and commander-in-chief- can still speak to us today.  Join in the discovery of Lincoln’s artistry with words and discover how, for our divided nation, Lincoln’s inclusive words offer a powerful contemporary call for reconciliation.

While on campus, White will explore one of the Annie Merner Pfieffer Library’s Special Collection, the Jones Lincoln Collection, which contains printed works and artifacts related to the 16th president of the United States.  It is the lifetime collection of Wesleyan alumnus Dr. Charles Aubrey Jones ’49, who at the time of his death in 1974, had the third largest collection of Lincoln artifacts in the U.S.  Among the rarest documents are campaign publications prepared by Lincoln’s opponents in 1894 of which some are solely preserved at Wesleyan.  The Lincoln Collection was presented to the College by Dr. Jones’ daughter, Elizabeth Jones.

A. Lincoln: A Biography is a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller.  White is also the author of the bestsellers Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural, honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words.  He has written Op-Eds appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor.  His latest presidential biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, offers a surprising portrait that reshapes our understanding of an American hero. 

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