- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced Tuesday that he was stepping down, less than a year after the museum’s grand opening.

Richard Norton Smith said he wants more time for other projects such as completing a biography of Nelson Rockefeller. Mr. Smith will become a scholar-in-residence at George Mason University in Virginia.

“I am confident that my successors will build a world-class institution on the foundation that has been laid down,” Mr. Smith said in his resignation letter.

The library, which opened in 2004, houses the world’s largest collection of Lincoln documents and artifacts, from letters he wrote as a young lawyer to an original copy of the Gettysburg Address.

Mr. Smith will continue to serve as a consultant to the library and its fundraising foundation.

A well-known presidential scholar, he also has run presidential libraries devoted to Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover.

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