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Congressman Lincoln

“Congressman Lincoln,” by Chris DeRose

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On August 3, 1846, the day Abraham Lincoln won election to his only term in Congress, the gangly, 37-year-old country lawyer was unknown outside his Illinois district. America was a country of 28 states, largely unsettled west of the Mississippi. Political divisions were framed by non-regional differences on economic issues—tariffs, the national bank, the federal government’s role in infrastructure—much as it had been since the party system first developed 50 years before.

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Great Moments in Historical Cuteness

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Let’s all take a moment to appreciate the fact that Abraham Lincoln grew that iconic beard of his because a little girl asked him to in a letter.

“I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way,” reads part of 11-year-old Grace Bedell’s note to the Republican presidential candidate, “and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin.

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Mary Todd Lincoln: The Controversial First Lady

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Mary Todd Lincoln was no Jackie Kennedy. Although Mary Lincoln is often portrayed as being consumed by aristocratic airs, she hardly fit in with the upper-class. She spent hefty sums of money on custom tailored dresses to “look the part;” but her fashion choices were often scoffed at, and she is far from being remembered as an iconic fashion figure.

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Abraham Lincoln: Facebook Inventor

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In 1845, Abraham Lincoln tried–and failed–to patent the The Springfield Gazette, a personal paper with striking similarities to our modern day Book of Faces. Here’s the full story.

“He went on to propose that ‘each Man may decide if he shall make his page Available to the entire Town, or only to those with whom he has established Family or Friendship.’ Evidently there was to be someone overseeing this collection of documents, and he would somehow know which pages anyone could look at, and which ones only certain people could see…”

UPDATE: Too good to be true, folks.

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