Pen Name: Paul M Angle, Paul McClelland Angle
Born: 1900 in Mansfield, Ohio
Deceased: 1975 in Chicago, Illinois
Celebrated on the Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
" ... the book is the most important means - by long odds the most imporant means - of transmitting one generation's knowledge to all succeeding generations." - Paul M. Angle, Speech at the William L. Clements Libary, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lived in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
Angle was an eloquent chronicler of Illinois history and a Lincoln Scholar. He was the author of scores of books on Abraham Lincoln and the history of Illinois.
Angle graduated from Miami (Ohio) University in 1922 and received a master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1924. In 1932, Mr. Angle was appointed librarian of the Illinois Historical Library and held that position, and that of state historian, until 1945. He then became director and secretary of the Chicago Historical Society from 1945 - 1965.
He was active for many years in Chicago civic affairs. In 1967, he was appointed by Chicago's Mayor Daley to head an advisory committee to study what city records should be preserved.
Along with the books he wrote, Angle also edited several books including: The Lincoln Reader , The Complete Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858, The Living Lincoln: The Man and His Times In His Own Words, Abraham Lincoln's Speeches and Letters, 1832-1865.
Here I Have Lived: A History of Lincoln's Springfield, 1935
Bloody Williamson: A Chapter in American Lawlessness, University of Illinois Press , 1952
By These Words: Great Documents of American Liberty, Rand McNally & Company, 1954
The American Reader , Rand McNally , 1958
Tragic Years: 1860-1865 A Documentary History of the American Civil War, Simon & Schuster, 1960
A Pictorial History of the Civil War Years, Doubleday & Company, 1967
Praire State:Impressions of Illinois, 1673-1967, By Travelers and Other Observers, 1968
Philip K. Wrigley: A Memoir of a Modest Man, Rand McNally, 1975
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
"Here I have lived" A history of Lincoln's Springfield, 1821-1865,
Release Date: 1971
Bloody Williamson: A Chapter in American Lawlessness
Release Date: 1992-12-01
By These Words; Great Documents of American Liberty, Selected and Placed in Their Contemporary Settings
Release Date: 1966
Tragic Years 1860-1865 A Documentary History of the American Civil War *2 Volumes in Decorated Slipcase*
Release Date: 1960
Prairie State: Impressions of Illinois, 1673-1967, By Travelers and Other Observers
Release Date: 1968
Philip K. Wrigley: A Memoir of a Modest Man
Release Date: 1975
In 1990, his name was engraved on the frieze of the Illinois State Library alongside other great Illinois literary figures.
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