In 1849, while traveling as an attorney on the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln befriended Leonard Swett (1825-1889), a fellow attorney sixteen years his junior. Despite this age difference, the two men forged an enduring friendship that continued until Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Until now, no historian has explored the life of Maine native Leonard Swett or his remarkable relationship with Lincoln. Hardcover. 306 pgs.