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Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed

Charles B. Strozier


On April 15, 1837, a “long, gawky” Abraham Lincoln walked into Joshua Speed’s dry-goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and asked what it would cost to buy the materials for a bed. Speed said seventeen dollars, which Lincoln didn’t have. He asked for a loan to cover that amount until Christmas. Speed was taken with his visitor, but, as he said later, “I never saw so gloomy and melancholy a face.” Speed suggested Lincoln stay with him in a room over his store for free and share his large double bed. What began would become one of the most important friendships in American history. Speed was Lin ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, Joshua Speed, Friendship, male friendship, psychoanalysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171328
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171328.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles B. Strozier, author
City University of New York