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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html


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Edwards, Ninian Wirt (1809-89).

The son of the Illinois territorial governor Ninian Edwards and brother-in-law of MTL, Edwards graduated from the law department of Transylvania University. He served briefly as Illinois attorney general in 1834, later becoming a Springfield merchant. He also served with AL in the Illinois General Assembly (1836-40). In 1839 Mary Todd came to live in the Edwards's Springfield home, where she met and eventually married AL. In 1852 Edwards, to the mortification of AL, left the Whig party to become a Democrat, and during AL's campaigns of 1858 and 1860 was a supporter of Stephen A. Douglas. As Illinois's first superintendent of public instruction, he secured passage of a school law that laid the foundation for the state school system. Though politically at odds with his brother-in-law, Edwards prevailed upon AL in 1861 to give him a lucrative federal office — captain and commissary of subsistence — but pressure from critics and the connivance of MTL led to his removal two years later. (DAB; ALE; O. H. Browning to N. W. Edwards, May 26, 1865, Chicago Historical Society)

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed; Davis, Rodney O., ed. 'Register of Informants' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: history]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon737.html
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