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Country Boy Abe

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An 11-year-old girl wrote Abraham a letter encouraging him to grow facial hair reasoning, “You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin”. She believed this would improve his Presidential prospects because “All the ladies love whiskers.” Lincoln did wear a full beard as President-elect and later, while President, he stopped and met his young correspondent.

Of Mary and Abraham’s four sons, three proceeded him in death.


Lincoln never claimed any specific congregation or denomination, but he believed in God and frequently quoted Scripture.The bible that was used by President Abraham Lincoln at his inauguration was also used by President Barack Obama at his inaugurations in 2009 and 2013.


The origins of Plaid can be traced all the way back to the 1500s, representing each Scottish clan. When Plaid made its way to the United States it was worn by working men and women, including lumber jacks. Plaid came to represent earnestness. Abraham was raised in a farming family, he was tall, strong, athletic, and became adept at using an ax.


The term, “true blue”, means 'faithful, unwavering in one's commitments or principles; extremely loyal'.

With sleeves rolled up Lincoln dug into the fight of his life and political career to abolish slavery and reunite the Union at any cost. 

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The thirteenth Amendment, or “Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation” ended enslavement in the United States. The proclamation announced that all enslaved people held in the states “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

The American flag at the time of his first term in 1861 had 34 stars, and 13 stripes. 

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Early America was sometimes represented by the rattle snake. An animal not found in Europe, and seemingly harmless until provoked. On the Gadsden flag a rattle snake is seen coiled and ready to attack to defend her land. With the warning “Don’t Tread on Me. “

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Abraham was a devoted Husband to Mary Todd and Father to four sons. 

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