Lincoln Aide Reports Back to Work

April 30, 1862

John Hay, presidential assistant secretary who would later be secretary of state under President Theodore Roosevelt, returns to work at the White House after a visit to Illinois.  President Lincoln seldom left the White House – except to visit the war front.  Aides John Hay and John G. Nicolay became his eyes and ears when they made either business trips for Lincoln or took vacations – which Lincoln never did.  Hay and Nicolay’s close relationship with their boss would later result in a multivolume biography of him.

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