By Nancy Covert
Mayor William H. Wallace, portrayed by David Leroy, Idaho’s former Lt. Gov. and Wallace scholar, spoke Saturday, April 20, at Historic Ft. Steilacoom during its 2013 Living History Day program. The presentation was co-sponsored by Historic Ft. Steilacoom and Steilacoom Historical Museum Association.
In his role as Wallace, Mr. Leroy spoke about his friendship with the late Pres. Abraham Lincoln, and his plans to return to the Town on the Sound where he first practiced law in 1853. Wallace was elected as the town’s first mayor in 1871.
The presentation also included a display of Wallace/Lincoln artifacts such as a photo of the pallbearers taken at Lincoln’s Illinois home, and a copy of Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech.
Wallace Re-enactor David Leroy is chairman of the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Chairman of the Governor’s Council of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He also is a former prosecutor, Attorney General, and Lt. Governor.
He has been lecturing about Lincoln since 1976. Mr. Leroy also is author of many articles and a book about the 16th president, and has a collection of historic artifacts relating to Lincoln’s life that he uses to enhance his talks.