TRIVIAL PURSUITS: For What is Lew Wallace Most Famous?

July 13, 2010 ( - In March of 1879, then-New Mexico Territory governor Lew Wallace met with Billy the Kid regarding a possible grant of clemency (it didn’t work out).

But Wallace is perhaps best known for another accomplishment of his while serving as territory governor. 

Do you know what that was?


While serving as territory governor, Lew Wallace completed the novel that made him famous: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880).  That novel went on to become the best-selling American novel of the 19th century (it was also made into four movies, including the one starring Charleton Heston).