How Lincoln Institutionalized Science and Technology in the Federal Government

Abraham Lincoln had a lifelong fascination with science and technology, a fascination that would help institutionalize science, win the Civil War, and propel the nation into the modern age. Lincoln: The Fire of Genius offers the first holistic look at Lincoln’s fascination with science and technology. That fascination can be seen threaded through his remarkable life, his commitment to self-study and self-improvement, his careers as a lawyer and politician, and finally, to his presidency during the Civil War, in which science and technology played a key role. In this presentation, David will focus on Lincoln's goal of institutionalizing science and technology in the federal government.

David J. Kent is a lifelong Abraham Lincoln researcher and career scientist. He is the President of the Lincoln Group of DC, is on the Executive Committee/Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Lincoln Forum. He has authored three books on Abraham Lincoln, including his newest, Lincoln: The Fire of Genius and his previous, Lincoln: The Man Who Saved America. He has also written books on Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. His website is

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Event Information

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM


Organizer: Looking for Lincoln