Lincoln Memorial University

Lincoln Scholar Daniel Stowell to Speak at LMU's R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture

Daniel StowellHarrogate, Tennessee, October 28, 2019—The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy and the LMU Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) will present the annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture on Friday, November 8, 2019. The program will deliver three hours of dual CLE credit and take place from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the LMU Law Courtroom (601 W. Summit Hill Drive).


Historian Daniel W. Stowell will deliver the keynote presentation entitled “The Ethically Constrained President: Abraham Lincoln, the Rule of Law and the Emancipation Proclamation.” The former director and editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, in Springfield, Illinois, Stowell received his PhD in American History from the University of Florida. He is the author and editor of several articles and six books including The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Legal Documents and Cases, 4 volumes (2008), In Tender Consideration: Women, Families, and the Law in Abraham Lincoln’s Illinois (2002), and Rebuilding Zion: The Religious Reconstruction of the South, 1863-1877 (1998).


The program will also feature a presentation by Blount Mansion Executive Director David Hearnes, who will discuss some of the ethical challenges William Blount faced. Blount was an American statesman and land speculator, a signer of the United States Constitution and one of Tennessee’s first Senators. His political career was marred by a scandal involving a conspiracy to invade Florida and New Orleans which would have violated a U.S. treaty with Spain and could have drawn the young nation into war.


LMU Law students will also present a dramatization of Abraham Lincoln’s famous chicken bone case and the ethical problems it presented to Lincoln. Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law Melanie Reid will give a brief introduction and background on the case before the presentation and moderate a question and answer session after.


Three hours of dual CLE credit is available for attorneys for $35 and $30 for LMU Law alumni. Registration includes CLE credit, coffee, refreshments and a boxed lunch. For more information or to register, contact April Hurley at 865.545.5339 or by email at [email protected].


LMU’s Abraham Lincoln Institute for the Study of Leadership and Public Policy encourages original research in the emerging field of leadership theory and practice. The Institute seeks to identify opportunities for scholars, teachers and those engaged in public service to develop and practice responsible and ethical leadership. The staff and personnel associated with the Institute strive to create a positive research environment that will stimulate and enrich a variety of research undertakings.


The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at


Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].


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