Author: William H. Herndon

William H. Herndon (1818–91), born in Greensburg, Kentucky, was a noted friend and law partner of Abraham Lincoln. Herndon’s family relocated to Springfield, Illinois when we was a boy, and it was there that he would grow up, practice law with Lincoln, and eventually act as mayor. In partnership with Jesse W. Weik (1857–1930), he authored Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (1889). The biography, regarded as quite controversial at the time of publication, is unique in its intimate and human portrayal of Lincoln. Herndon died after a battle with a particularly virulent strain of the flu, which also led to his son’s death on the same day.