Abraham Lincoln And Five Former Presidents In The Civil War Era

Ronald Feinman
History / Politics

Course Description

When President Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860, with the crisis of the Civil War emerging, there were five former living Presidents–Martin Van Buren (1837-41); John Tyler (1841-45); Millard Fillmore (1850-53); Franklin Pierce (1853-57) James Buchanan (1857-61). This lecture will focus on the interaction of these five former presidents with President Lincoln and each other during the years of the greatest crisis in American history. This is one of only five times that we have had five former presidents alive during a later president's term of office, with the other periods being 1993-94, 2001-04, 2017-18, and 2021 to the present.

About the Instructor

  • Ronald Feinman, Ph.D., has been a professor of American history, government and politics for the past five decades, and an adjunct professor of history and political science at Florida Atlantic University since 1989. He earned a doctoral degree from City University of NY (CUNY). He is the author of two books, including a recent one titled “Presidential Assassinations and Threats”; a book reviewer for scholarly journals; a regular contributor to the History News Network (HNN); a regular public affairs contributor to WWGH 107.1 FM, Marion, Ohio; and a member of the FAU Speakers Bureau; and has given lectures to many diverse groups over the past 20 years.  Feinman blogs about politics and history at

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