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OTTO EISENSCHIML - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/10/1940 - HFSID 73469

The Austrian-American oil executive and controversial Lincoln historian types letter to colleague, asking for his opinion on a magazine, signs name in black ink Typed letter signed: "Otto Eisenschiml" in black ink. 1 page, 7¼x10½. Written on personal letterhead.

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OTTO EISENSCHIML
The Austrian-American oil executive and controversial Lincoln historian types letter to colleague, asking for his opinion on a magazine, signs name in black ink
Typed letter signed: "Otto Eisenschiml" in black ink. 1 page, 7¼x10½. Written on personal letterhead. Chicago, Illinois. May 10, 1940. Addressed to Mr. Forrest Spaulding of Des Moines, Iowa. In full: "At the suggestion of our mutual friend, James N. Wilkerson, of Kansas City, I am having a review copy of REVIEWERS REVIEWED sent to you. It will be mailed to you directly from the distributors. If you have the time and the inclination to do so, I shall be glad to have your frank reactions either confidential or otherwise. Very truly yours". Otto Eisenschiml (1880-1963) was an Austrian chemist and industrial executive in the American oil industry, who is perhaps best known for his work as a controversial author of American history, most notably for his provocative 1937 book Why Was Lincoln Murdered? which asserted that Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton orchestrated the plot to kill the president. Born and educated in Vienna, Eisenschiml obtained advanced degrees in chemistry, later emigrating to the United States as an industrial chemist, later serving as the president of the Scientific Oil Compounding Company, while simultaneously becoming a well-published inventor. His assertions regarding the Lincoln assassination plot have been well-known and controversial over time, and although they are mostly discredited by leading historians, Eisenschiml went on to write many more books on the American Civil War such as The Shadow of Lincoln's Death (1940), The Story of Shiloh (1946), and The Hidden Face of the Civil War (1961). His first book on the assassination inspired the 1942 Broadway play Your, A. Lincoln, as well as was referenced in the 2007 Disney movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Staple punctures in top margin. Creased throughout. Pencil notes throughout in unknown hand. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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