For the Union

About the Book 

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the first published biography of Abraham Lincoln. On this momentous anniversary, Lincoln’s rarely seen biography will be reprinted in a new book titled For The Union by local author Malcolm Johnstone. For the Union follows the extraordinary story of how Quaker abolition, a hanging, a slave riot, and a small newspaper in West Chester set the stage to launch Lincoln’s quest for the presidency.

The building where this historic publication took place is currently owned and operated by the Community Foundation. Net proceeds from the deluxe edition of “For the Union” will go towards preserving and protecting this historic structure as a time-capsule into our past. 

Order your exclusive copy of the deluxe edition of For the Union below.  The deluxe edition will be hardback, full-color and include bonus visual elements that the soft cover (to be release April 2019) will not include. All books will be signed and numbered by the author.

The For the Union Launch Party will be taking place Wed., Feb. 26th from 4:30 – 6:30pm at The Lincoln Building. For more details, click here. To RSVP, contact

About the Author: Malcolm Johnstone

Since 2001, Malcolm Johnstone has served as Executive Director of the West Chester Business Improvement District (BID). The BID is a nationally accredited Main Street organization, specializing in public relations and marketing strategies, that works to better the quality of life in Downtown West Chester.

Malcolm writes for a number of publications, including County Lines Magazine, WC Press and West Chester Fig. He has authored several blogs focused on the rich history of Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley. A regular speaker at local, regional and national conferences, Malcolm loves spreading his knowledge on downtown development and local history.

Malcolm was recently featured in County Lines Magazine. Read the article here.

Order Your Copy

How would you like to receive your deluxe copy of “For the Union”?

(1) Pick up your copy at the For the Union Launch Party, taking place Wednesday, February 26th from 4:30 – 6:30pm at The Lincoln Biography Building (28 West Market Street, West Chester).

(2) Contact for an alternative pick up date if you cannot make the launch party.

(3) Have your copy shipped – for FREE! Please leave a comment in the below form AND contact if you would like your book shipped.

To order your copy, mail a check payable to:

For the Union c/o CCCF

28 West Market Street

West Chester, PA 19382


Speaking engagements

If you are interested in having Malcolm speak at your event or meeting, please contact

April 15, 2020, 7:00am

Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary

Arbour Square Senior Living

1201 Ward Ave, West Chester, PA 19380

Oct 17, 2019 11:00am 

The Women’s Auxiliary

Chester County Hospital

701 E. Marshall Street, West Chester, PA 19380