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Wallace, Lew Biography




biography of Wallace, Lew

Wallace, Lewis
10 April 1827, Brookville, Indiana, USA
15 February 1905, Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA
The son of the governor of Illinois, Lew Wallace lived in Indianapolis as a young boy. He served in the Mexican War, and afterwards became a lawyer and was elected to the state Senate. He served again in the Union army during the Civil War, reaching the rank of major general. He was noted for repulsing an attempted raid by Confederate Gen. Jubal Early on Washington, DC, in 1864. After the Civil War, Wallace was appointed governor of New Mexico Territory and later minister to Turkey. He was a prolific author, although he is most famous for "Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ", which was turned into a play that was produced on Broadway and later filmed several times, the most famous one being _Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv).
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-   'Susan Arnold Elston' (1852 - 15 February 1905) (his death); 1 child


-   He was President of the Court at the famous "Andersonville Trial", in which Col. Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonvile, GA, was charged with multiple counts of murder for the thousands of Union prisoners who died there of disease, starvation, neglect, shootings, etc. Wirz was found guilty and hanged.

-   As governor of New Mexico Territory in 1879 he offered a pardon to notorious outlaw William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid), but subsequently withdrew the offer when Bonney failed to apply for it. Bonney was later shot to death by a sheriff who had been hunting him.

-   He is most famous today as the author of "Ben-Hur", which has been filmed several times, most notably in 1959 (_Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv)) starring 'Charlton Heston' (qv).

-   One son: Henry Lane Wallace.


-   (1998) Book: "Fair God or the Last of the 'Tzins". Kessinger Publishing Company. ISBN 0766106470

-   Book: "Prince of India" (Library of Congress Century Bestseller Series). ISBN 1557093008 (filmed as _A Prince of India (1914)_ (qv))

-   (1907) Stage: Wrote source material (novel) for "Ben Hur", produced on Broadway. Drama (revival). Dramatized by William Young. Directed by Joseph Brooks. Academy of Music: 25 Feb 1907-Apr 1907 (closing date unknown/64 performances). Cast: Mabel Brownell, Charles Canfield, Dwight Dana, Margaret Dills, Daniel E. Hanlon, John E. Ince Jr., 'Ralph Ince' (qv), Blanche Kendall, Charles Lawrence, Walter Markham, 'Robert McWade (I)' (qv), Dudley Oatman, Charles J. O'Brien, Charles Riegel, Frederick Scates, Helen Singer, 'A.H. Van Buren' (qv) (as "Ben Hur"; Broadway debut), Henry Weaver, Stella Boniface Weaver, George Wilkes. Produced by Klaw & Erlanger.

-   Novel: "Ben Hur" (filmed as _Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)_ (qv), _Ben-Hur (1959)_ (qv))


-   Robert E. Morsberger, Katherine M. Morsberger. _Lew Wallace: Militant Romantic._ New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980.

-   Irving McKee. _"Ben-Hur" Lew Wallace: Life of General Lew Wallace._ Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1947.

-   Lew Wallace. _An Autobiography, 1827-1905._ New York: Irvington Publishers (reprint), 1972. ISBN 0842281215

-   Lew Wallace (Jim Leeke, ed.). _Smoke, Sound & Fury: The Civil War Memoirs of Major General Lew Wallace, US Volunteers"._ Strawberry Hill Press, 1998. ISBN 0894071246


-   _The Andersonville Trial (1970) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _The Kid from Texas (1950)_ (qv)

-   _The Big Stampede (1932)_ (qv)

-   _I Shot Billy the Kid (1950)_ (qv)

-   _Strange Lady in Town (1955)_ (qv)

-   _Young Guns II (1990)_ (qv)

-   _Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)_ (qv)

-   _Longarm (1988) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)_ (qv)

-   _Land Beyond the Law (1937)_ (qv)

-   _"Bronco" (1958) {Death of an Outlaw (#2.13)}_ (qv)

-   _No Retreat from Destiny: The Battle That Rescued Washington (2006) (V)_ (qv)

-   _Billy the Kid (1989) (TV)_ (qv)

-   _"Colt .45" (1957) {Amnesty (#2.8)}_ (qv)

-   _"The Tall Man" (1960) {The Great Western (#1.37)}_ (qv)

-   _"Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957) {Billy the Kid (#2.7)}_ (qv)


-   "American History" (USA), June 2008, Vol. 43, Iss. 2, pg. 60-65, by: Scott Smith, "Lew Wallace's River of Redemption"

-   "New York Times" (USA), 10 January 1926, "Henry Lane Wallace Found Dead in Bed; Son of Author of 'Ben-Hur,' 73, Had Come Here to See Film Version of Novel."

-   "Moving Picture World" (USA), 25 September 1915, pg. 2178, "Lew Wallace's Heir Sues Klaw & Erlanger"

-   "New York Times" (USA), 3 October 1907, pg. 9:4, "Mrs. Lew Wallace dead; Assisted Her Husband in His Work and Produced Books of Her Own"

-   "New York Times" (USA), 19 February 1905, pg. 7:2, "Gen. Lew Wallace's Funeral [Feb. 18]; Crawfordville Suspended Business During the Simple Services"

-   "New York Times" (USA), 17 February 1905, pg. 8L5, "Lew Wallace Funderal Plans; Body to Be Viewed by Public To-day--Private Ceremony Tomorrow"

-   "New York Times" (USA), 16 February 1905, pg. 9:3, "General Lew Wallace dies at Indiana Home; Author of 'Ben Hur' Expires After Long Illness; Won Fame in Many Ways; His Long Career as Lawyer, Soldier, Diplomat, and author--Was Nearly 78 Years Old"

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  1. Ben-Hur (2015) (based on the novel by) <1,1,1>
  2. Ben Hur (2003) (V) (novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ")
  3. Ben-Hur (1959) (novel) (as General Lew Wallace) <1,1,1>
  4. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) (by) (as General Lew Wallace) <1,1,1>
  5. Cuori e sensi (1917) (novel)
  6. A Prince of India (1914) (novel)
  7. Ben Hur (1907) (novel)
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