“Grow a Beard, Mr. Lincoln, for Your Face Is So Thin”

“All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President”.One hundred fifty-three years ago, on October 15, 1860, an eleven-year-old girl from Westfield, New York wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.  It was only a few weeks before the presidential election, and young Grace Bedell hoped that Lincoln would win.  She worried, though, that he was too thin, and that his gaunt appearance would cost him votes.  “I have … [Read more...]

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