JULY (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS AND FOES

AS OF JULY, 2012

The following friends and foes of Abraham Lincoln celebrate birthdays in July.

Happy Birthday!!!

Gideon Welles - Secretary of War Union 1861 -1869 Gideon Welles – Union Secretary of the Navy. Born July 1, 1802. Age 210.

Robert Augustus Toombs. CS Secretary of State 1861 Robert Augustus Toombs. 1st Confederate Secretary of State. Born July 2, 1810. Age 202.

James Johnston Pettigrew 1863 James Johnston Pettigrew. Confederate States Brigadier General who led his brigade on the ill-fated final charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 known as Pickett’s Charge. Born July 4, 1828. Age 184.

Stephen Foster Stephen Foster. Composer of “Oh! Susanna”, “My Own Kentucky Home” & “Swanee River”. Born July 4, 1826. Age 186.

David Glasgow Farragut Union Vice Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Admiral, Vice Admiral and Rear Admiral of the Union Navy. On August 5, 1864, while rallying his troops to victory at the Battle of Mobile Bay, Farragut is credited with shouting (paraphased) “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” Born July 5, 1801. Age 211.

James Seddon James Alexander Seddon, Confederate States Secretary of War. Born July 13, 1815. Age 197.

Samuel Colt. U.S. inventor of Colt 6-shooter revolver. Born July 19, 1814. Age 198.

John Ericsson (inventor of USS Monitor) John Ericsson. U.S. inventor of the screw propeller and the Union ironclad USS Monitor, which battled the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (Merrimack) in Hampton Roads, Virginia on March 9, 1862. Born July 31, 1803. Age 209.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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JUNE (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS AND FOES

AS OF JUNE, 2012

The following friends and foes of Abraham Lincoln celebrate birthdays in June.

Happy Birthday!!!

Jefferson Davis Jefferson Davis – President of Confederate States of America. Born June 3, 1808. Age 204.

William H. Seward, Jr. William Henry Seward, Jr. – Son of Secretary of State William Seward Sr. Jr. His brothers Frederick and Augustus were attacked by Lewis Powell on the night of April 14, 1865 during the assassination attempt on their father. Born June 18, 1839. Age 173.

David E. Herold – Lincoln conspirator. Born June 16, 1842. Age 170.

George Atzerodt – Lincoln conspirator. Born June 12 , 1835. Age 177.

Michael O’Laughlen – Lincoln conspirator. Born in June, 1840. Age 172.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

MAY (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF MAY 2012

Here are some May birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few who lived before, during or just after his time.

Mary Surratt – Lincoln conspirator. Born in May (or June), 1823. Age 189.

julia-tyler Julia  Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler and 1st lady of the United States (1844-45). Born May 4, 1820. Age 192.

marx-bio Karl Marx,  Communist philosopher. Born May 5, 1818. Age 194.

julia_ward_howe_2 Julia Ward Howe, writer of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ which was first published 1862. Born May 27, 1819. Age 193.

tchaikovsky Peter Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Russian Composer. Born May 7, 1840. Age 172.

john-brown-1-sized John Brown, abolitionist who led attack on Harper’s Ferry. Hanged in 1859. Born May, 9, 1800. Age 212.

picture-584 John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. He witnessed John Browns hanging in 1859. Born May 10, 1838. Age 174.

250px-florence_nightingale_1920_reproduction Florence Nightingale, Italian nurse. May 12, 1820. Age 192.

picture-569 William Henry Seward, Secretary of State (1861-69). Born May 16, 1801. Age 211.

emerson12_cr Ralph Waldo Emerson, US writer. Born May 25, 1803. Age 209.

billhickok1867-2-500 James Butler ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, American cowboy and scout. Born May 27, 1837. Age 175.

134-195_amexp-walt_whitman-web Walt Whitman, US Poet. Born May 31, 1819. Age 193.

Happy birthday ladies and gentlemen.

Also, I want to wish my daughter Madeleine a very Happy Birthday. Born May 15, 1992. Age 20. Love you kiddo!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

NOTE: If you notice any errors (or mistakes in the age calculations) blame me, laugh, and then feel free to comment with the correct information.

APRIL (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF APRIL 2012

Here are some April birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few who lived before, during or just after his time.

250px-lew_wallace_-_brady-handy1  Lew Wallace, member of the military commission that tried the Lincoln conspirators. Later wrote the novel “Ben Hur”. Born April 10, 1827. Age 185.

surratt210phot  John H. Surratt (Mary Surratt’s son), Lincoln conspirator who escaped to Canada and then Europe. Caught and returned for trial in June 1867 but was acquitted due to a hung jury. Like Powell, he was also just age 21 at the time of Lincoln’s assassination. Born April 13, 1844. Age 168.

225px-lucretia_garfield_-_brady-handy1  Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, 1st lady (1881) and wife of President James A. Garfield. Born April 19, 1832. Age 180.

lewis-powell-csp11  Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Paine or Payne), convicted Lincoln conspirator executed at the Washington Arsenal Penitentiary on July 7, 1865 at age 21. Born April 22, 1844. Age 168.

200px-stephen_arnold_douglas  Stephen A. Douglas, Illinois politician nicknamed “Little Giant” (5′-4″ tall) famed for his seven public debates with Abraham Lincoln for the Senate seat often referred to as the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Born April 23, 1813. Age 199.

450px-ulysses_grant_1870-18801  Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States (1869 – 77). Born April 27, 1822. Age 190.

Happy birthday lady and gentlemen.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

NOTE: If you notice any errors (or mistakes in the age calculations) blame me, laugh, and then feel free to comment with the correct information.

MARCH (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF MARCH 2012

Here are some March birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few who lived before, during or just after his time.

abigailfillmore1  Abigail Powers Fillmore, 1st lady (1850-53) and wife of President Millard Fillmore. Born March 13, 1798. Age 214.

200px-grover_cleveland  Grover Cleveland, 22nd (1885-89) & 24th (1893-97) President of the United States. Born March 18, 1837. Age 175.

225px-benito_juarez_presidente  Benito Pablo Juarez Garcia, President of Mexico (1858-72). Born March 21, 1806. Age 206.

230px-scolfax  Schuyler Colfax, Republican. 17th VP of the United States (under President Grant)(1869-73). Born March 23, 1823. Age 189.

gutzon20borglum20p4920low20res  Gutzon Borglum, sculpturer of Mount Rushmore. Born March 25, 1867. Age 145.

john-tyler  John Tyler, 10th President of the United States (1841-45). Died on January 18, 1862 while Lincoln was in office. Born March 29, 1790. Age. 222.

Happy birthday lady & gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

FEBRUARY (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR “LINCOLN” & HIS FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF FEBRUARY 2012

FEBRUARY 12, 2012:  Barry Cauchon

HAPPY 203rd BIRTHDAY ABE!

The picture below was sent to me three years ago by Corrine MaCauley on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth. I liked it so much I wanted to keep it here for awhile. Thanks Corrine.

Thank you to Corrine Macauley and the West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Thank you to Corrine Macauley and the West Chester University of Pennsylvania for this creative birthday photo.

Here are some other February birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few contemporaries who lived during his time but whom he may not have been personally acquainted with.

john-deere  John Deere, pioneer manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Born February 7, 1804, Age 208.

charles-dickens  Charles Dickens, English novelist, Oliver Twist and Tale of 2 Cities. Born February 7, 1812. Age 200.

jules_verne  Jules Verne, French sci-fi writer, From the Earth to the Moon. Born February 8, 1828. Age 184.

thomas_edison  Thomas Edison, American inventor. Born February 11, 1847. Age 165.

charles_darwin_1880  Charles Darwin, discoverer of evolution, Origin of Species. Born February 12 , 1809. Age 203.

200px-wscotthancock  Major General Winfield Scott Hancock. Senior military officer in charge of the Lincoln conspirator executions. Born February 14, 1824. Age 188.

200px-susan_b_anthony_older_years  Susan B. Anthony. American activist, women’s suffragette. Born February 15, 1820.  Age 192.

victor_hugo  Victor Hugo, French author, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables. Born February 26, 1802. Age 210.

john-nicolay  John G. Nicolay, Lincoln’s private secretary and co-biographer with John Hay. Born February 26, 1832.  Age 180.

buffalo_bill_cody  William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, American western frontiersman. Born February 26, 1846. Age 166.

200px-henrywlongfellow1868  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet. Born February 27, 1807. Age 205.

Happy birthday lady & gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by three Lincoln experts:

“An Awesometalk With” ROGER NORTON, Webmaster of the ‘Abraham Lincoln Research Site’ (posted on December 30, 2008)

“An Awesometalk With” DR. THOMAS SCHWARTZ, Illinois State Historian (posted on December 08, 2008)

“An Awesometalk With” HAROLD HOLZER, Lincoln Scholar (posted on November 10, 2008)

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JANUARY (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN FRIENDS & FOES

AS OFJANUARY 2012

Here are some January birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few contemporaries who lived during his time but whom he may not have been personally acquainted with.

225px-millard_fillmore Milliard Fillmore – 13th President of the United States. Born January 07, 1800. Age 212.

225px-salmon_chase2c_brady-handy_photo_portrait_ca1855-1865 Salmon P. Chase – Secretary of the Treasury under Lincoln. Born January 13, 1808. Age 204. 

 200px-robert_edward_lee Robert E. Lee – Confederate Full General who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia. Born January 19, 1807. Age 205.

200px-edgar_allan_poe_2 Edgar Allan Poe – American author. Born January 19, 1809. Age 203.

 200px-stonewall_jackson Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson – Confederate Lieutenant General. Born January 21, 1824. Age 188.

240px-georgepickett George Edward Pickett – Confederate Major General, who, whether right or wrong, is blamed for the ill-fated, final assault at Gettysburg which now bears his name as Pickett’s Charge. Born between January 16 – 28, 1825. Age 187.

Happy birthday gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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DECEMBER (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF DECEMBER 2012

Here are some December birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few contemporaries who lived during his time but whom he may not have been personally acquainted with.

  George B. McLellan – Major General (Union). Born December 3, 1826. Age 186.

  George Armstrong Custer – Major General (Union) & Indian fighter. Born December 5, 1839. Age 174.

  Henry Wells – Founder of the American Express Co. and Wells, Fargo & Company. Born December 12, 1805. Age 207.

  Mary Todd Lincoln – Wife of President Abraham Lincoln. Born December 13, 1818. Age 194.

general-hartranft-2-tex  Brevet Major General John Hartranft – Read the Order of Execution on the scaffold to the four condemned Lincoln conspirators. He later became Governor of Pennsylvania from 1872 to 1879. Born December 16, 1830. Age 182.

  Edwin M. Stanton – Secretary of War (1861-1865). Born December 19, 1814. Age 198. 

  Dr. Samuel A. Mudd – One of eight Lincoln conspirators put on trial for Lincoln’s assassination. Dr. Mudd set John Wilkes Booth broken leg while on the run. Born December 20, 1833. Age 179.

  Christopher “Kit” Carson –  American frontiersman. Born December 24, 1809. Age 203.

Happy birthday lady & gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

NOVEMBER (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF NOVEMBER 2012

Here are some November birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few contemporaries who lived during his time but whom he may not have been personally acquainted with.

  James K. Polk – 11th President of the United States from 1845-1849. Born November 2, 1795. Age 217.

  Edwin Thomas Booth – Actor and brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Ironically in 1863 or 1864, Edwin Booth saved the life of Robert Lincoln when he fell from a New Jersey railroad station platform while a moving train passed. Born November 13, 1833. Age 179.

  

John Andrew B. Dahlgren – Admiral and inventor of Civil War Dahlgren-cannons. Two 11″ Dahlgren smoothbore cannons were mounted in the turret of the USS Monitor. Born November 13, 1809. Age 203.

  Louis-Jacques Daguerre – Photographer and inventor of the Daguerrotype photographic process. Born November 18, 1787. Age 225.

  James A. Garfield – 20th President of the United States from March 4-Sept 19, 1881. Born November 19, 1831. Age 181.

  Franklin Pierce – 14th President of the United States from 1853-1857. Born November 23, 1804. Age 208. 

  Zachary Taylor – 12th President of the United States from March 5, 1849-July 9, 1850. Born November 24, 1784. Age 228.

  Oliver Fisher Winchester – Rifle manufacturer (Winchester). Born November 30, 1810. Age 202.

  Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) – Author / writer. Born November 30, 1835. Age 177.

Happy birthday gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by two Lincoln experts:

“An Awesometalk With” Harold Holzer, Lincoln Scholar

(posted on November 10, 2008) 

  “An Awesometalk With” Dr. Thomas Schwartz, Illinois State Historian 

(posted on December 08, 2008) 

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OCTOBER (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS & FOES

AS OF OCTOBER 2012

Here are some October birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few contemporaries who lived during his time but whom he may not have been personally acquainted with.

  Rutherford B. Hayes – 19th President of the United States from 1877-1881. Born October 4, 1822. Age 190.

  Chester A. Arthur – 21st President of the United States from 1881-1885. Born October 5, 1830. Age 182.

  John Henniger Reagan – Attorney General, Confederacy. Born October 8, 1818. Age 194.

  Adlai E. Stevenson – 23rd Vice President of the United States from 1893-1897. He served under President Grover Cleveland. Born October 23, 1835. Age 177.

  Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the United States from 1901-09. At the age of 6 years old, he watch the funeral parade of Abraham Lincoln from his parent’s apartment in New York City. Born October 27, 1858. Age 154. 

  Harriet Powers – US Slave/Writer. Born October 29, 1837. Age 175.

Happy birthday lady and gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

SEPTEMBER (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS AND FOES

AS OF SEPTEMBER 2012

Here are the friends and foes of Abraham Lincoln whose birthdays are in September.

Edward Bates, United States Attorney General 1861-1864  Edward Bates – United States Attorney General under Abraham Lincoln from 1861 to 1864. Born September 4, 1793. Age 219.

 

  Jesse James – Confederate soldier and notorious outlaw. Born September 5, 1847. Age 165.

 

048 Samuel Arnold – Lincoln assassination conspirator, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He served just four years before being parolled in 1869. Born September 06, 1834. Age 178.

  Alexander Ramsey – Governor of Minnesota (Union) from 1860 to 1863. Born September 8, 1815. Age 197.

  Richard Jordan Gatling – US inventor of the hand cranked Gatling gun. Born September 12, 1818. Age 194.

  William Sprague IV – Governor of Rhode Island (1860 – 1863). Born September 12, 1830. Age 182.

Happy Birthday gentlemen!

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by two Lincoln experts:

“An Awesometalk With” Harold Holzer, Lincoln Scholar

(posted on November 10, 2008) 

  “An Awesometalk With” Dr. Thomas Schwartz, Illinois State Historian 

(posted on December 08, 2008) 

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AUGUST (2012) BIRTHDAYS FOR LINCOLN’S FRIENDS AND FOES

 AS OF AUGUST 2012

Here are the friends and foes of Abraham Lincoln whose birthdays are in August.

   Robert Todd Lincoln – 1st son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born August 1, 1843. Age 169.

  David Rice Atchison, President of the United States on March 3, 1849  David R. Atchison, President of the United States for one day on Sunday, March 4, 1849. Some believe Atchison was technically President on this day when outgoing President Polk and Vice President Dallas’ terms expired at noon. As well, incoming President-elect Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on the sabboth. Millard Fillmore, the Vice Presidential running mate also was not inaugurated. So Atchison, as President pro tempore of the Senate (3rd in line to the Presidency), was considered by some to be the Acting President for that short period. Born August 11, 1807. Age 205.

 Drummer Boy Johnny "Lincoln" Clem.  John Joseph Klem (aka Johnny Lincoln Clem), the heroic Union army drummer boy who served with the 22nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He joined at age 10 in 1861. Present at the Battle of Chickamauga, he was chased by a Confederate colonel attempting to capture him, when John Klem raised his musket, shot and killed the soldier. After the battle he was nicknamed the “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga”, a name that would give him fame throughout the rest of the war and his life. Born August 13, 1851. Age 161.

       Allan Pinkerton (left), founder of Chicago detective agency, shown here with Abraham Lincoln and Maj. General John A. McClernand at Antietam. Born August 25, 1819. Age 193.

Hannibal Hamlin  Hannibal Hamlin, 15th Vice President of the United States (Lincoln’s VP from 1861-1865). Born August 27, 1809. Age 203.

 

Oliver Wendell Holmes   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cambridge, Massachusetts, physician/author. Born August 29, 1809. Age 203

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Barryoutreach@awesometalks.com    

MICKEY MOUSE, THE 80 YEAR OLD CARTOON RODENT

December 3, 2008: Barry Cauchon

I received a comment from a reader MICKEY MOUSE BIRTHDAY today. It was buried deep under one of my many postings. It sparked my interest enough to re-post it here.

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But first, let me give you a little background on this subject. Mickey Mouse officially turned 80 years old on November 18, 2008. I believe the comment below was probably triggered by an article I wrote about Abraham Lincoln’s voice. He had a high pitched voice and it always made me laugh when I thought about how Disney had portrayed President Lincoln in their Hall of Presidents exhibit. He was featured with a deep and commanding Presidential voice rather than the high pitched voice he actually had. I compared him to Mickey Mouse. So I assume the comment below continued in that vein. Have fun with the subject and comment away.

MICKEY MOUSE BIRTHDAY– “So the Disney conglomerate says Mickey Mouse is 80 years old today. Big whoop. This probably is un-American and may bring me some angry e-mail, but I never liked Mickey Mouse. I never liked his squeaky voice!”

BARRY – “Hi NON-Mickey Mouse fan. On November 18, 2008, Disney did indeed celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 80th birthday. I’m glad you wrote because it is history. And sharing your opinion of your dislike of Mickey Mouse is honest and certainly non-offensive. Yes, you may get some opposing opinions on the subject, but that’s what makes life go around. It is always good to stir up a debate. For the record, I was never a Donald Duck fan because I could never understand his garbled speaking manner. If I had a preference for any cartoon fowl, Daffy was my guy”!

BARRY – “I want to say here that I will always thank Walt Disney for creating Mickey Mouse. One of the greatest gifts I ever gave my daughter (at the time she was 4) was to have her meet Mickey Mouse at Disney World. Mickey was her first celebrity crush and to actually meet him was a thrill for her that she talked about for some time afterwards. Thanks so much for that Walt”.          

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Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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THE LINCOLN CONSPIRATORS – HOW OLD WERE THEY AT THE TIME OF THE ASSASSINATION?

Okay, here’s a good trivia question for you Lincoln Assassination experts … How old were the Lincoln Conspirators at the time of the assassination on April 14, 1865?

  John Wilkes Booth – was age 26 (just 2 weeks from his 27th birthday) – (Born May 10, 1838). After shooting President Lincoln, he was on the run for 12 days until April 26, 1865 when he was cornered in a barn at the Garrett barn in Bowling Green, Virginia. He was shot by Sargeant Boston Corbett, a Union soldier, and died a short time later.

  Mary Surratt – was age 42 – (Born May/June, 1823). Hung at the Old Arsenal Penitentary on July 7, 1865.

  Lewis Powell (aka Lewis Paine) – was age 21 – (Born April 22, 1844). Hung at the Old Arsenal Penitentary on July 7, 1865.

  David E. Herald – was age 23 – (Born June 16, 1842). Hung at the Old Arsenal Penitentary on July 7, 1865.

  George Atzerodt – was age 30 – (Born June 12 , 1835). Hung at the Old Arsenal Penitentary on July 7, 1865.

   Dr. Samuel A. Mudd – was age 31 – (Born December 20, 1833). Sentenced to life in prison but paroled by President Johnson in March, 1869. Died at age 49 of pneumonia and pleurisy on January 10, 1883.

  Michael O’Laughlen – was age 25 – (Born June, 1840). Sentenced to life in prison and died of yellow fever two years later in 1867.

  Samuel Arnold – was age 30 – (Born September 6, 1834). Sentenced to life in prison but was paroled by President Johnson in March, 1869. Died at age 72 of pulmonary tuburculosis (at that time called ‘galloping consumption’) on September 21, 1906.

   Edman Spangler – Was age 39 – (Born August 10, 1825). Sentenced to six years in prison but was paroled by President Johnson in March, 1869. Due to an extended time of poor health, he died at age 49 on February 7, 1875.

  John Surratt (Mary’s son) – was age 21 – (Born April 13, 1844). Escaped to Canada and then Europe. Caught and returned for trial in June 1867 but was acquitted with a hung jury. He died at age 72 of pneumonia on April, 21, 1916.

Thanks for playing. If you notice any errors (or mistakes in the age calculations) blame me, laugh, and then feel free to comment with the correct information.

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by two Lincoln experts:

 

“An Awesometalk With” Harold Holzer, Lincoln Scholar

(posted on November 10, 2008) 

 

  “An Awesometalk With” Dr. Thomas Schwartz, Illinois State Historian 

(posted on December 08, 2008) 

 

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