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'Lincoln' visits local elementary school

Friday, January 27, 2012

"Abraham Lincoln" paid a visit to his former home state and some energetic Jackson Township Elementary School students Friday afternoon. The former president discussed his humble beginnings, triumphs and struggles with students.
The nation's 16th president, "Abraham Lincoln", shared stories of his humble beginnings and personal and political struggles with Jackson Township Elementary School students Friday afternoon.

During the special convocation, "Lincoln" opened his address with a question and answer session asking students in the audience to tell "Lincoln" his own biographical information, including birth date, presidential accomplishments, place of birth, as well as what other states he called home.

"Now, there are 50 states," he told students in attendance, "but when I was born, there were only 18."

"Lincoln" also told students about the significant difference in the value of money and inflation since "his" time.

"It used to be that a man could work all day in a factory for 75 cents, and that was a lot of money back then," Lincoln said. "One time, I worked all day for these men, but as they were about to leave I said, 'you forgot to pay me!' and they gave me a whole dollar. I was so excited."

Lincoln told the children how his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, became ill after drinking milk from a cow who'd eaten a type of poisonous vegetation called White Snack Root, and how his sister and her unborn child died due to complications during labor and lack of proper medical care.

Lincoln said his father, Thomas, and his entire family fell on hard times because of slave labor.

"My father would offer to build a bar for someone for $10, but someone who owned slaves would come to the land owner saying he'd only charge $3 and his slaves would do all the work," Lincoln said. "Anyone would naturally go with the cheaper price. So, my family and I moved across the Ohio River to Indiana, where I lived for 14 years."

In addition, Lincoln relayed a scenario describing how he outsmarted a shrewd businessman attempting to sue Lincoln, who was just a boy at the time.

"After hearing what I had to say," Lincoln said, "the judge threw case out and said (the plaintiff) had no case."

After the legal triumph, Lincoln's lawyer friend suggested he join the profession and provided books to help him achieve the goal. Lincoln touched on the meaning of slavery and how the Civil War played a pivotal role in American history.

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