Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow by Margaret Clapp

"Forgotten First Citizen: John Bigelow" is a comprehensive biography of John Bigelow, a significant yet underappreciated figure in 19th-century American history. The book traces Bigelow's life from his humble beginnings to his influential roles as a journalist, diplomat, and statesman. It details his contributions to the abolitionist movement, his service as the U.S. Minister to France during the Civil War, and his efforts to establish the New York Public Library. The biography paints a vivid portrait of a man who was deeply committed to public service and intellectual pursuits, and whose legacy has been largely overlooked.

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