Johnathan Putnam with “Final Resting”

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Date(s) - March 1, 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Cox-Deasy Cottage


Lincoln scholar, Harvard graduate, and historical mystery author Jonathan F. Putnam and his upcoming area presentations after publishing his latest novel, Final Resting Place. Jonathan Putnam will speak on the topic “How the Young Lincoln Became Our Lincoln” and sign books at the Cox-Deasy Cottage.

Admission is $10 per person, and FREE for members of HMPS. For inquiries, you can contact the Historic Mobile Preservation Society at (251) 432-6161 or at

Johnathan Putnam’s Writing:
The Lincoln & Speed Mystery series is based on Jonathan’s extensive research surrounding the four years Abraham Lincoln and his close friend Joshua Speed lived together above Speed’s store. A well-born Southerner, Speed was a little known but pivotal person in contributing to the maturation of Lincoln’s career and life, thus helping develop the course of American History. The two men met by chance in 1837 after Lincoln moved from New Salem to Springfield, Illinois, to practice law and pay off substantial debts. Before that time, Lincoln had suffered through an unhappy childhood and a decade of itinerant life drifting among jobs and succeeding at none of them. Final Resting Place opens in 1838 in Springfield when the town is involved in a high-pitched political season between Whigs and Democrats. After the land office registrar Jacob Early is murdered, the town assumes his enemy Henry Truett is the culprit, but the roommates are skeptical. Together, with the assistance of Joshua’s sister, Martha, they follow fascinating twists and clues to find the true murderer.