Lincoln's Secretary Goes West

Nicolay, John G.

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La Crosse. 1965. Sumac Press. 1 of 500 Copies. Fine In Hardcover. 60. hardcover. keywords:. inventory # 14532. FROM THE PUBLISHER - From the introduction by Theodore C. Blegen – In 1862, on the eve of the Sioux War, President Lincoln sent his private secretary, John G. Nicolay, to Minnesota with instructions to meet William P. Dole, United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and to be an observer and perhaps assist the Commissioner in the negotiation of a land-cession treaty with the Pembina and Red Lake bands of Chippewa Indians. The purpose of the expedition was to acquire for the United States full rights to the rich Red River Valley — the area north of the Sioux-Chippewa boundary line of 1825, south of the British possessions, and on both sides of the Red River. The enterprise was a sequel to Governor Alexander Ramsey’s Pembina treaty of 1851, which the United States Senate rejected in 1852. At the same time, because of special circumstances, it was a prologue to the Old Crossing Treaty of 1863. This was duly negotiated, but was much revised and in fact virtually replaced by a treaty in 1864, which the Senate ratified on April 12 of that year.’. Bookseller Inventory # 14532

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Title: Lincoln's Secretary Goes West
Publisher: Sumac Press
Publication Date: 1965
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Fine In Hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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Nicolay, John G. (Theodore C. Blegen, editor)
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Book Description Sumac Press, La Crosse, WI, 1965. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition limited; First Printing. Illus. , Map. Limited to 500 copies; B&W Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 69 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 8977

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Book Description Sumac Press, 1965. La Crosse. 1965. Sumac Press. 1 of 500 Copies. Fine In Hardcover. hardcover. John George Nicolay (February 26, 1832 – September 26, 1901) was a German-born American biographer, secretary of US President Abraham Lincoln and member of the German branch of the Nicolay family. He was born Johann Georg Nicolay in Essingen, Rhenish Bavaria. In 1838, he immigrated to the United States with his father and attended school in Cincinnati. He later moved to Illinois, where he edited the Pike County Free Press at Pittsfield, and became a political power in the state. Then he became assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois. While in this position, he met Abraham Lincoln and became his devoted adherent. In 1861, Lincoln appointed Nicolay as his private secretary, which was the first official act of his new administration. Nicolay served in this capacity until Lincoln's death in 1865. Shortly before his assassination, Lincoln appointed Nicolay to a diplomatic post in France. After the death of the President, Nicolay became United States Consul at Paris, France (1865–69). For some time after his return to the United States, he edited the Chicago Republican. He was Marshal of the United States Supreme Court (1872–1887). In 1881, Nicolay wrote The Outbreak of the Rebellion. Nicolay and John Hay, who had worked alongside Nicolay as assistant secretary to Lincoln, collaborated on the official biography of the 16th President. It appeared in The Century Magazine serially from 1886 to 1890 and was then issued (1890–94) in book form as ten volumes, together with the two-volume Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln. The resulting biography is a definitive resource on Lincoln and his times. Nicolay and Hay also edited Lincoln's Works in twelve volumes (1905). Finally, Personal Traits of Abraham Lincoln was published by Helen Nicolay in 1912. Bookseller Inventory # 14524

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