Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission - Commissioners


The ALBC was established by the passage of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Act in 2000 (Public Law No: 106-173). The commission's 14 members were a diverse group of political leaders, jurists, scholars and collectors, chosen for their knowledge of Lincoln and their experience educating the public on his life, times, and historical impact. The Commissioners were appointed by the President, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, with input from the governors of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. Commissioners included:

  • Richard J. Durbin, United States Senator from Illinois, ALBC Co-chair
  • Harold Holzer, ALBC Co-chair and Senior Vice President for External Affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Dr. Jean Bandler
  • Dr. Darrel E. Bigham, professor of history at Southern Indiana University
  • Dr. Gabor Boritt, Robert Fluhrer, Professor of Civil War Studies and Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
  • Jim Bunning, United States Senator from Kentucky
  • Julie Cellini
  • James O. Horton, Joan L. Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University and Historian Emeritus of the National Museum of American History
  • Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D - IL)
  • Lura Lynn Ryan, former First Lady of Illinois
  • Louise Taper, owner of the Taper Collection, the most significant private collection of Lincoln artifacts (acquired in 2007 by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)
  • Judge Tommy Turner, founded Lincoln Museum in Hodgenville, Kentucky
  • Frank J. Williams, former Chief Justice (Ret.) of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and Lincoln scholar
  • Ray LaHood, former U.S. congressman from Illinois's 18th congressional district served as ALBC Co-chair until January 2009 when he was subsequently appointed and assumed office as United States Secretary of Transportation in President Barack Obama's administration.

Eileen R. Mackevich served as Executive Director from 2006-2010. Her predecessor was Michael Bishop.

ALBC offices are located in the John Adams Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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