Past Banquet Speakers

February 12, 2017

Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois

February 12, 2016

Dr. Bernice King, Director of the King Center

February 12, 2015

Fred Morsell, Presenting Frederick Douglass

February 12, 2014

Thomas Schwartz, Director, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

February 12, 2013

Brooks D. Simpson, Author, Professor University of Arizona

February 12, 2012

United States Senator Richard Durbin

February 11, 2011

Allen Guelzo, Author, Professor Gettysburg College

February 12, 2010

Harold Holzer, Author

February 12, 2009

President Barack Obama

Michael Burlingame, Author, Professor, University of Illinois Springfield

February 12, 2008



Michael Beschloss, Author

February 12, 2007



John Meacham, Author, Editor, Newsweek

February 12, 2006



Doris Kearns Goodwin, Author

February 12, 2005



Mark A. Plummer, Professor, Illinois State University

February 12, 2004



Martin Marty, Professor, University of Chicago

February 12, 2003



Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

February 12, 2002



Allen C. Guelzo, Grace Kea Professor of History, Eastern College

February 12, 2001



Michael Beschloss, Author







February 12, 2000



Doris Kearns Goodwin, Author







February 12, 1999




James B. Stewart
, Author







February 12, 1998




James Fallows
, Editor, U.S. News and World Report







February 12, 1997



Paul Simon, United States Senator from Illinois (in place of Herbert Mitgang), Lincoln and Lovejoy







February 12, 1996



Some Folks, 19th Century musical entertainment of the Lincoln period







February 12, 1995



Brian Lamb, CEO, C-SPAN (in place of Jason Robards)







February 12, 1994




Sam Waterston
, Actor (in place of Frank E. Vandiver)







February 12, 1993



Garry Wills, Historian, Northwestern University, Lincoln and Leadership







February 12, 1992



Jack Kemp, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development







February 12, 1991



Tom Wicker, Journalist, New York Times







February 12, 1990



Mortimer Jerome Adler, Philosopher, University of Chicago, Lincoln’s Declaration







February 12, 1989



Paul Simon, United States Senator from Illinois (in place of Bill Mauldin, Cartoonist)







February 12, 1988 Entertainment, no speaker








February 12, 1987



James R. Thompson, Governor of Illinois, Lincoln and the Young Men’s Lyceum Address 150 Years Later







February 12, 1986



Mario M. Cuomo, Governor of New York, Abraham Lincoln and Our ‘Unfinished Work







February 12, 1985



John Hope Franklin, Professor of History, University of Illinois, Chicago, The Use and Misuse of the Lincoln Legacy







February 12, 1984



Mark O. Hatfield (United States Senator from Oregon, The Oregon Connection of Abraham Lincoln







February 12, 1983



William Safire, Columnist, New York Times, Lincoln’s Pundits: If Today’s Columnists Were Writing in Lincoln’s Time







February 12, 1982



(Delivered on audio tape) Don E. Fehrenbacher, Professor of History, Stanford University, The Anti-Lincoln Tradition







February 12, 1981 Entertainment, no speaker








February 12, 1980



Mary Frances Berry, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Lincoln and Civil Rights for Blacks







February 12, 1979



William Hedgcock Webster, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation







February 12, 1978



Harold M. Hyman, Professor of History, Rice University, With Malice Toward Some: Scholarship or Something Less on the Lincoln Murder?







February 12, 1977

Roy P. Basler, Library of Congress, "President Lincoln Helps His Old Friends

February 12, 1976



Francis Aungier Pakenham, Earl of Longford (British MP), Lincoln and Kennedy







February 12, 1975



Herbert Mitgang, Editor, New York Times, The Character of Abraham Lincoln







February 12, 1974



D. Elton Trueblood, Earlham College, The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Abraham Lincoln







February 12, 1973



Irving Stone, Author, Mary Lincoln--The Final Judgment







February 12, 1972



T. Harry Williams, Professor of History, Louisiana State University, Lincoln and Davis as War Leaders







February 11, 1971



Wayne Aspinwall, United States Representative from Colorado, Lincoln’s Life and Character







February 12, 1970



Bruce Catton, Author, The Inescapable Challenge Lincoln Left Us







February 12, 1969



Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor of New York







February 12, 1968



Ramsey Clark, United States Attorney General







February 12, 1967



Everett M. Dirksen, United States Senator from Illinois, Lincoln Had A Cause







February 12, 1966



William W. Scranton, Governor of Pennsylvania, Lincoln of Springfield







February 12, 1965



LeRoy Collins, Director of Community Service, United States Department of Commerce, If Lincoln Could Have Talked That Day







February 12, 1964



Adlai E. Stevenson, United States Ambassador to the United Nations







1953-1963 No banquets held








February 12, 1952



Allan Nevins, Columbia University, Part of the National Wealth



T. V. Smith (Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Lincoln: Public and Private



Adlai E. Stevenson, Governor, State of Illinois, Lincoln as a Political Leader







February 12, 1951



James Garfield Randall, Professor of History, University of Illinois, Lincoln and the Governance of Men







February 13, 1950



David C. Mearns, Assistant Librarian of Congress, Our Reluctant Contemporary: Abraham Lincoln







February 12, 1949



Dumas Malone, Professor of History, Columbia University, Jefferson and Lincoln







February 12, 1948



Lloyd Lewis, Chicago, Lincoln’s Legacy to Grant







February 12, 1947



Avery O. Craven, Professor of History, University of Chicago, The Civil War and the Democratic Process







February 12, 1946



Edgar Curtis Taylor, Headmaster, Taylor School, Clayton, Missouri, Lincoln the Internationalist







February 12, 1945



Stanley Pargellis, Librarian, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, Lincoln’s Political Philosophy







February 12, 1944



D. Graham Hutton, Director, British Information Services, Chicago, Lincoln Through British Eyes







February 12, 1943



Benjamin P. Thomas, Harry E. Pratt, and Paul M. Angle, Abraham Lincoln Association: Past, Present, Future







 February 12, 1942



F. Lauriston Bullard, Editorial writer, Boston Herald, Lincoln’s ‘Conquest’ of New England







February 12, 1941



Charles W. Gilkey, Dean, University of Chicago Chapel, Lincoln’s Philosophy of Life







February 12, 1940



William Allen White, Editor, Emporia Gazette, We Are Coming Father Abraham!







February 11, 1939



James Weber Linn, Professor of English, University of Chicago, Such Were His Words



J. V. Moldedhawer, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, New York, The Lincoln of the Second Inaugural







February 12, 1938



John McAuley Palmer, Brig. Gen. United States Army, Retired, Abraham Lincoln, Commander-in-Chief



Evan A. Evans, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Chicago, ‘Let Us Have Faith That Right Makes Might’







February 12, 1937



Harold C. Jaquith, President, Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, The Persistent Personality of Lincoln



Charles Nagel, St. Louis, Missour), My Recollections of Lincoln







February 12,1936



Andrew C. McLaughlin, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, Lincoln, the Constitution and Democracy



T.V. Smith, Professor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, A Philosopher Looks at Lincoln







February 12, 1935



Tyler Dennet, President, Williams College, Massachusetts, Lincoln and the Campaign of 1864



Benjamin P. Thomas, Executive Secretary, Abraham Lincoln Association, Lincoln’s Humor: An Analysis







February 12, 1934



Frederic L. Paxson, Professor of History, University of California, The Promise of the First Republican Administration: Abraham Lincoln, 1860







February 13, 1933



Joseph Fort Newton, Rector, St. James’ Protestant Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Spiritual Life of Lincoln: An Interpretation







February 12, 1932



John Maxcy Zane, Chicago, Illinois, Lincoln, the Constitutional Lawyer



Louis A. Warren, Lincoln National Life Company, Fort Wayne, Indiana, The Environs of Lincoln’s Youth







February 12, 1931



Carl Sandburg, Chicago, Illinois, Lincoln’s Genius of Places



Henry Horner, Judge, Probate Court, Cook County, Illinois, The Universality of Lincoln







February 12,1930



John Callan O’Laughlin, Editor-in-Chief, Copley Press, Washington, D.C., Lincoln and the Press (read by A.W. Shipton of the Illinois State Journal)



Allan Nevin, Professor of History, Columbia University, Lincoln’s Plans for Reunion







February 12, 1929



Mary E. Humphrey, Springfield, Illinois, Springfield of the Lincolns



Claude G. Bowers, Editorial writer, New York Evening World, Lincoln and Douglas







February 12, 1928



Paul M. Angle, Executive Secretary, Lincoln Centennial Association, Abraham Lincoln: Circuit Lawyer



Arthur Charles Cole, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Abraham Lincoln and the South







February 12, 1927



Paul M. Angle, Executive Secretary, Lincoln Centennial Association, Where Lincoln Practiced Law



William E. Dodd, Professor of History, University of Chicago, Lincoln’s Last Struggle--Victor







February 12, 1926



Paul M. Angle, Executive Secretary, Lincoln Centennial Association, The Building of the Lincoln Monument



Michael Pupin, Professor of Electro-Mechanics, Columbia University, The Revelation of Lincoln to a Serbian Immigrant







February 12, 1925



A. L. Bowen, Springfield, Illinois, A. Lincoln: His House



John H. Finley, Editor, New York Times, The Education of Abraham Lincoln







February 12, 1924



Henry A. Converse, Springfield, Illinois, The House of the House Divided



Andrew C. McLaughlin, Professor of History, University of Chicago, Lincoln as a World Figure







February 12, 1923



Brig. Gen. Ronald Storrs, British Civil Governor of Jerusalem, The Esteem in Which Lincoln is Held in the Near East



John H. Walker, President, Illinois State Federation of Labor, Lincoln, Friend of the Common People



Frank O. Lowden, formerly Governor of Illinois, Lincoln, the American







1922 No meeting or banquet held








February 12, 1921



William C. Sproul, Governor of Pennsylvania, Lincoln and the Present World Outlook



Don Frederico A. Pezet, Peruvian Ambassador to the United States, Lincoln as Viewed by Latin America Today







1920 No meeting or banquet held








February 12, 1919



Clinton L. Conkling, Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln in His Home Town







February 12, 1918



William Renwick Riddell, Justice, Supreme Court of Ontario, Abraham Lincoln



Thomas Power O’Connor, Member of Parliament from Ireland, Address



Addison G. Proctor, Youngest Delegate to the Republican Convention of 1860 of Kansas, The Nomination of Lincoln



Hugh S. Magill, Jr., Director, Illinois Centennial Celebration







February 12, 1917



John Grier Hibben, President, Princeton University, The Spirit of Lincoln in the Present World Crisis



Thomas Sterling, United States Senator from South Dakota, Lincoln, the Man and His Great Achievement







February 12, 1916



James Hamilton Lewis, United States Senator from Illinois, Lincoln: The Fulfillment of Prophecy



Lawrence Y. Sherman, United States Senator from Illinois, Lincoln and the Commonplace



William A. Quayle, Bishop, Methodist Episcopal Church, Lincoln and Tomorrow







February 12, 1915



Archbishop Glennon, St. Louis, Missouri, Abraham Lincoln the Man and the Democrat



Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor, New York, The Beauty of Lincoln and His Place in Art



Samuel Fallows, Bishop, Reformed Episcopal Church; Department Commander, Illinois Grand Army of the Republic, Lincoln the Height of America







February 12, 1914



Joseph T. Robinson, United States Senator from Arkansas, Mr. Lincoln’s Title to Enduring Fame. A Tribute from the South



Percival G. Rennick, Peoria, Illinois, Lincoln: The Kindliest Memory of the Land



Dr. Stephen S. Wise, New York, Lincoln: Man and American







February 12, 1913



Count J. Von Bernstorff, German Ambassador to the United States, Lincoln as Germany Regarded Him



Joseph W. Bailey, United State Senator from Texas, If Lincoln Lived in This Day







February 12, 1912



Henry Cabot Lodge, United States Senator from Massachusetts, Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution



Frank B. Willis, United States Representative from Ohio, Abraham Lincoln: The Man







February 11, 1911



William Howard Taft, President of United States, Abraham Lincoln



Martin W. Littleton, New York, The Two Great Leaders







  







February 12, 1910



Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute, Some Results of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation







February 12, 1909



J. J. Jusserand, French Ambassador to the United States, Abraham Lincoln as France Regarded Him



William Jennings Bryan, The Royal Art of Government



James Bryce
, British Ambassador to the United States, Some Reflections on the Character and Career of Mr. Lincoln



Jonathan P. Dolliver, United State Senator from Iowa,Our Heroic Age
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