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Ralph Geoffrey Newman (3 November 1911 - 23 July 1998) was an American author and well known Abraham Lincoln scholar. He owned the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in Chicago, Illinois, and hosted a monthly gathering known as the Civil War Round Table.[1] He was an expert in Civil War-related manuscripts.[1]

He played minor league second base for Tucson and Wichita.[2][3]

Newman also was an appraiser who evaluated the papers of six United States presidents: Hoover, Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.[4]

Newman was indicted by a federal grand jury in July 1975 on charges of preparing a false affidavit that helped Richard Nixon obtain an illegal tax break on papers he donated[5] and subsequently convicted in November 1975.[4][6]


Ralph Newman married actress Patricia Lyons. His stepson is NPR host Scott Simon.


  1. ^ a b "RALPH G. NEWMAN, 1911-1998", Civil War History, March 1st, 1999
  2. ^ Memorial to Ralph G. Newman by John Y. Simon
  3. ^ Transcript of interview by Brian Alexander, 1972, University of Illinois at Springfield, Norris L. Brookens Library, Archives/Special Collections
  4. ^ a b Ralph Newman, owner of Lincoln bookstore, obituary, Chicago Sun-Times, July 24, 1998, by Michael Gillis
  5. ^ Paying for Nixon's Taxes, TIME, March 03, 1975
  6. ^ Abstract of Newman / Nixon CBS News broadcast from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive


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