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Abraham Lincoln and Massachusetts

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

When we think about Abraham Lincoln’s origins, we naturally turn to Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, where he and his immediate forebears lived – but hardly Massachusetts.

Surprisingly, our 16th President had strong and compelling connections to Massachusetts.

For the man who, in time, rose to the White House – the son of an almost illiterate father and perhaps illegitimate mother, Lincoln’s journey to ten Massachusetts cities and towns in September 1848 spurred his gradual and continuous emotional and political growth.

A preeminent historian has declared that Abraham Lincoln epitomizes the “Right to Rise” in America. Lincoln’s visit to Massachusetts displays how that principle shaped Lincoln’s life and political career, leading to his election as the 16th President of the United States.

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Hon. Dennis J. Curran (ret.) is a Professor of the Practice of Political Science at Tufts University. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Roger Williams University School of Law and on its Board of Advisors. He also teaches at Brown University’s summer program.

Judge Curran is a member of the National Board of Advisors of The Lincoln Forum. Other Board members include scholar and noted author Doris Kearns Goodwin, filmmaker Ken Burns and Presidential historian Michael R. Beschloss. Judge Curran has also been elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society; he is a member and lecturer of the Lincoln Group of Boston.

The Governor of Massachusetts first nominated Curran in 2002 as an Associate Justice to the District Court; he served in the newly-constructed Boston Municipal Court in 2003; and just three years later, the Governor nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court where he served for over a decade.


Thursday, October 28, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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