Although hardly a surprise, the news is sad nonetheless. Richard N. Current, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning study The Lincoln Nobody Knows, died October 26 at 100 — literally a centenarian who cast a giant shadow on Lincoln studies equal to (and often exceeding) that of the late, great David Herbert Donald. Both men dominated Lincoln studies for the sixty years, but Current always struck me as a man who turned the practice of debunking great Americans like Lincoln on its ear by asking the tough questions about the president’s inconsistencies, then concluding most of what we say about Lincoln’s love of liberty was true. More than his age earned him the title of “the dean of Lincoln scholars” among professional historians. Current also researched the politics and influence of Daniel Webster, contributing to Daniel Webster, “The Completest Man,” one of the best assessments of The Mighty Dan during the 20th Century. The Washington Post has this excellent obituary. It is humbling to consider that most of the Lincoln scholars I read as a graduate student are now under the earth. RIP.