William Henry Herndon


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(1818–91), Kentucky-born lawyer, the junior partner of Lincoln's law firm after 1844 and formally associated with the firm until Lincoln's death. His antislavery views are supposed to have influenced Lincoln, whose political career Herndon is also said to have encouraged. With Jesse W. Weik he wrote Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (3 vols., 1889), noted for new material on Lincoln's early life.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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