Review by Bradley S. Le Boeuf, Attorney at Law
“This is the story of John Hay and John Nicolay, prairie boys who met in 1851 and forged a close friendship that endured over a half century. Fortune placed them in the right place (Springfield, Illinois), at the right time (1860) and offered them a front-row seat to one of the most tumultuous political and military upheavals in American history, then or since” writes Joshua Zeitz in his fourth book, Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image.
John Hay was reading law in his uncle’s law office in Springfield in 1859 when he first met Abraham Lincoln, who occupied the adjoining office with his law partner, William Herndon. Nicolay, a journalist, initially met Lincoln in 1856 when Lincoln was hustling around Illinois, building the Republican party, and aiming for the 1858 Senate race against Stephen Douglas.