Friday, May 01, 2009

Lincoln, Law, Barzun

Reflecting 50 years ago on the sesquicentennial of the president’s birth, cultural historian Jacques Barzun perceptively commented, “Something of Lincoln’s tone obviously comes from the practice of legal thought. It would be surprising if the effort of mind that Lincoln put into his profession had not come out again in his prose.”
— H. Thomas Wells Jr., president, American Bar Association, Celebrating Lincoln On Law Day