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Lew Wallace

American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, territorial governor and statesman, politician, and author of 'Ben Hur'

Lewis "Lew" Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905) was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, territorial governor and statesman, politician, and author. He is remembered today for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880). This book has been a bestseller since its publication. It has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."[1] The story has been adapted four times for the movies.

Lew Wallace
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Born
Lewis Wallace

April 10, 1827
Brookville, Indiana
DiedFebruary 15, 1905
Cause of deathAtrophic gastritis
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
Spouse(s)Susan Arnold Elston Wallace (married 1852)
ChildrenHenry Lane Wallace

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Ben-Hur: The Book That Shook the World", Humanities, November/December 2009 Volume 30, Number 6, Accessed 2010-04-20