And in This Corner…The Emancipator!

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Previously, we blogged about how Abraham Lincoln grew his trademark beard partly because of a letter from a little girl.

As it turns out, that’s not the only surprising biographical fact about Lincoln; he was also an avid wrestler, as this in-depth article on none other than WWE.com will tell you. A preview:

“We know he was 6-foot, 4-inches,” White explained. “And if you know how small people were in the 19th century, today it would be like somebody 6-foot-10 walking into the room.” That’s right: More than 150 years before The Undertaker debuted in WWE, New Salem had its very own Phenom.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →