Author and historian Bob O’Connor will return to the Danville Public Library Friday to share new information about Ward Hill Lamon that he collected since the publication in 2007 of his book “The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln.”

Ward Hill Lamon was a Danville attorney who rode the Eighth Circuit and was a law partner and personal bodyguard of Abraham Lincoln.

The program will begin at 3 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room of the library, 319 N. Vermilion St. Copies of O’Connor’s books will be available for purchase and autographing following the program.

O’Connor will be available for conversation and book signing at the historic Lamon House in Lincoln Park from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 27 and from noon to 4:30 p.m. June 28, during the annual Arts in the Park celebration.

In 2007, O’Connor presented a program at the library about Lamon and his friendship with Abraham Lincoln. In 2008, he spoke about Lamon’s life after President Lincoln’s assassination, based on new information he obtained at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, Calif. He also discovered an original Abraham Lincoln document that the archivists had missed.

O’Connor read through about 2,500 of Ward Hill Lamon’s papers, sold to the Huntington Library in the early 1900s by Lamon’s daughter. He was primarily looking for what happened to Lamon after Lincoln’s death.

O’Connor has established a timeline with footnotes, following Lamon’s trail until his death in 1893. Currently, O’Connor is editing Lamon’s unpublished manuscript written around 1880 to 1890 and will speak about those efforts.

A native of Dixon and a graduate of Northern Illinois University, O’Connor is also the author of “The Perfect Steel Trap: Harper’s Ferry 1859” which was a finalist in the Best Books 2006 National Book Awards, Historical Fiction category.

He was a finalist in the 2008 National Indie Excellence Awards, Fiction Audio Books category, for the audiobook version of “The Virginian Who Might Have Saved Lincoln.” His newest book, “Catesby: Eyewitness to the Civil War,” is the story of a slave who is captured in John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry and serves the Union Army as a blacksmith.

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