Did Lincoln really say what new Idaho plaque says he said?

Twin Falls Times-News reporter Melissa Davlin has a fascinating story about the Abraham Lincoln quote outside the newly renamed Lincoln Auditorium at the Statehouse.

“There is both a power and a magic in public opinion,” reads the bronze plaque unveiled last week as part of the Idaho Territorial Sesquicentennial. “To that let us now appeal”

I saluted former Lt. Gov. and Attorney General David Leroy for his and his wife Nancy’s generous contribution of Lincoln memorabilia to the Idaho State Historical Society. And I relied on the quote, which is quite lovely.

Leroy defends the use of the material from Lincoln’s “Lost Speech,” which Davlin details nicely.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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