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Lew Wallace

1827 — 1905

Lewis “Lew” Wallace was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, territorial governor and statesman, politician, and author. Wallace served as governor of the New Mexico Territory at the time of the Lincoln County War and worked to bring an end to the fighting. Of his novels and biographies, he is best known for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), a bestselling book since its publication, and called “the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century.” It has been adapted four times for films. (source: Wikipedia)

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