. . . and was admired byKarl Marx, who wrote him letters of praise. He was extremely close to the "railway barons"; some of the most powerful corporations of his day were "wildly enriched" by having a friend in him; he represented railroad corporations in court against farmers, ranchers, and landowners; and he represented slave owners trying to retrieve their runaway slaves "when he was paid to do so."
I speak of course of Abraham Lincoln, as discussed in Salon, of all places, in an article about what the new Spielberg movie about Lincoln "conveniently leaves out."