The Three Kentucky Presidents
By Holman Hamilton
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The three Kentucky presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Zachary Taylor, and Jefferson Davis - were profoundly shaped by their experiences in the Commonwealth, poised as it was on the border between the north and the south, the east and the western frontier. Holman Hamilton asserts that many identifiable characteristics of these leaders were fostered by their connections to the state, influencing their lives personally and politically. Lincoln and Taylor's values caused them to oppose slavery and support the preservation of the Union, while Davis's leanings eventually made him the leader of the Confederacy. A provocative look at three compelling figures. The Three Kentucky Presidents shows how Kentucky, through each of these men, made its mark on national politics.