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Wayne C. Temple

Born: 1924 in Delaware County, Ohio
Pen Name: Wayne Calhoun Temple

Connection to Illinois: Dr. Temple lives in Springfield.

Biography: Dr. Wayne C. Temple is an internationally recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln. He is a prolific writer and keen historian. Anyone in the field of Lincoln knows who he is, and most of them consider him a key figure when they are working on their own volumes of Lincoln history. He has been a repeated guest on the history channel and is a frequent speaker on the Lincolns. Virtually all researchers in the field of Lincoln history have availed themselves of his knowledge. He is among 30 individuals, from around the world, honored with a special ''Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial edition of the Order of Lincoln'' - the highest honor that can be awarded by the State of Illinois. Dr. Temple was also be a guest on the Lincoln Documentary, produced by PBS, Champaign, Illinois. He is a member of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission's Advisory Committee to mark the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth on February 12, 2009. Temple has held many positions, including: Curator Ethnohistory at the Illinois State Museum; Editor-in-Chief of the ''Lincoln Herald '' - the only quarterly journal on Abraham Lincoln in the world and the oldest such Lincoln publication, starting in 1897; Secretary-Treasurer of the National Lincoln-Civil War Council; Memorial Bibliography committee for Lincoln Lore; Editorial Advisory Board for the American Biographical Institute; Board of Governors for the St. Louis Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children; and Trustee Regent for the Lincoln Academy. He is currently the Chief Deputy Director of the Illinois State Archives.

He has addressed the Congress of the United States and has received many awards and honors during his lifetime. He is a life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and many other prestigious organizations. Temple served under Eisenhower in Europe during World War II. He received a B.S. in Engineering, and an M.A. and a PhD. in history from the University of Illinois, where he was a research assistant to Prof. J.G. Randall, Dean of the Lincoln Scholars. He then earned his A.M. and Ph.D degrees under the direction of Prof. Randall and Prof. Richard N. Current.

Among his books on the 16th President are ''Abraham Lincoln: From Skeptic to Prophet'' and ''By Square and Compass: Saga of the Lincoln Home''. He was also a contributor to the book, ''The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America's Most Controversial First Lady''.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Abraham Lincoln and Illinois' Fifth Capitol
ISBN: 193227815X OCLC: Mahomet, Ill. :

Mayhaven Publishing Mahomet, Ill. : 2006

No one knows more about Springfield or its State Capitol than the city's legendary resident historian Wayne C. Temple, or his wife, the building's longtime guide, Sunderine Temple. In their new book they combine prodigious research, an unerring appreciation for the great men who made history in this landmark, an ear for lively stories, and a dazzling storehouse of intricate detail, to create a long-needed, enchanting, and definitive study of one of the most important buildings in the life of Abraham Lincoln and his hometown. At last, one of Springfield's great temples has found the perfect Temples to chronicle it with coherence and verve. -- Harold Holzer, Co-Chairman, U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

  Abraham Lincoln and Others at the St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Corporation 1968

Abraham Lincoln, from skeptic to prophet
ISBN: 9781932278354 OCLC: 877142961

Mayhaven Pub., Mahomet, Ill. : ©2013.

For many years, this author has sifted slowly through voluminous collections of primary source materials in order to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln's experience with religion. It has proved to be a most interesting but difficult quest, for Licoln lived an extremely complicated life and kept so many of his personal thoughts buried within his keen mind and refused to share them. Even so, it has been possible to uncover a number of important documents which have never been cited previously in a study of Lincoln's theological beliefs. In addition, Mary Todd's church affiliations have been searched out and described here, because this cultured Kentucky lady certainly exerted a tremendous influence upon her highly-inquisitive husband. Also, the church experiences of the Lincoln children have been examined in detail.



By Square & Compass: Saga of the Lincoln Home
ISBN: 187804480X OCLC: 49527798

Mayhaven Pub., Mahomet, IL : ©2002.

Still the only full history of those who lived in Lincoln's Springfield, IL home.

Illinois' Fifth Capitol: The House That Lincoln Built and Caused to be Rebuilt (1837-1865)

Phillips Brothers Printers 1988

Indian Villages of the Illinois Country: Historic Tribes
ISBN: 0897920279 OCLC:

Illinois State Museum 1977

Iliniwe, Miami, Sauk and Fox, Pottawatomi, Ottawa, Chippewa, Kickapoo and Mascouten, Shawnee and Delaware, Winnebago, Menominee

Lincoln's Confidant: The Life of Noah Brooks (The Knox College Lincoln Studies Center)
ISBN: 0252042174 OCLC:

University of Illinois Press 2019

From the legendary Lincoln scholar Wayne C. Temple comes the long-awaited full-length biography of Noah Brooks, the influential Illinois journalist who championed Abraham Lincoln in Illinois state politics and became his almost daily companion at the White House. Best remembered as one of the president's few true intimates, Brooks was also a nationally recognized man of letters, who mingled with the likes of Mark Twain and Bret Harte. Temple draws on archives and papers long thought lost to re-create Brooks's colorful life and relationship with Lincoln. Brooks's closeness to the president made him privy to Lincoln's thoughts on everything from literature to spirituality. Their frank conversations contributed to the wealth of journalism and personal observations that would make Brooks's writings a much-quoted source for historians and biographers of Lincoln. A carefully researched and well-documented scholarly resource, Lincoln's Confidant is the story of an extraordinary friendship by one of the luminaries of Lincoln scholarship.

Lincoln's Connections with the Illinois & Michigan Canal, His Return from Congress in '48 and His Invention

Illinois Bell 1986

Lincoln's surgeons at his assassination :
ISBN: 9781939695529 OCLC: 927755743

Mayhaven Publishing, Mahomet, IL : 2015.

This book is a study that concentrates on the surgeons who attended President Lincoln at the time of his assassination.

Lincoln's travels on the River Queen during the last days of his life
ISBN: 9781932278446 OCLC: 192022767

Mayhaven Pub., Mahomet, IL : 2007.

The examination of each poignant moment of this piece of time provides insight into Lincoln at his pinnacle, of the others who played their parts in the closing days of America's Civil War, and to the vessel that housed them and hosted them during those historic events. Those representing both sides, Confederate and Union, discussed the terms of surrender over a good meal while wives and servants stood in the wings, watching history.

Stephen A. Douglas; Freemason

Masonic Book club 1982

The Taste Is in My Mouth a Little... Lincoln's Victuals and Potables
ISBN: 1878044419 OCLC: 56365946

Mayhaven Pub., Mahomet, IL : ©2004.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Abraham Lincoln's eating and drinking habits. The entire 1843 edition of Directions for Cookery: In Its Various Branches, by Miss Leslie is also included.