Joshua Fry Speed and His Wife Fanny Henning Speed

Joshua Fry Speed was Abraham Lincoln's most intimate friend from his days in Springfield. He was a partner in a general store, a farmer and real estate investor. Speed also served one term in the Kentucky legislature. Although he disagreed with Lincoln on the slavery question, he remained loyal to the Union and coordinated Union activities in Kentucky during the Civil War. His brother James Speed became Lincoln's second attorney general. The happiness of Joshua and Fanny influenced Lincoln to resume his courtship with Mary Todd and to marry her.

1850 circa 5 years
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