Collection consists of loose letters and documents dating from 1834 to 1888 that were removed from Isaac N. Arnold's The Life
of Abraham Lincoln (1885), 17875, volumes 1 and 2.
Isaac N. Arnold (1815-1884) was born in Hartwick, New York, and studied law. In 1836, he moved to Chicago, where he set up
a legal practice and met Abraham Lincoln. Arnold served three terms in the Illinois House of Representatives as a Democrat;
he later joined the abolition movement and the Free Soil Party, then became a Republican. In 1860, he was elected to the U.S.
House of Representatives, serving until 1865, where he sponsored abolition legislation. Arnold served briefly from 1865 to
1866 as the Sixth Auditor of the U.S. Treasury. He returned to Chicago, where he resumed his legal work and wrote biographies
of Benedict Arnold and Abraham Lincoln; his book The Life of Abraham Lincoln was published in 1884. Arnold died in Chicago
at age 68.
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