Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lincoln Slept Uncomfortably Here

The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society in Illinois has purchased a house where Abraham Lincoln once spent the night. It was owned by Sheriff William Manahan on July 18, 1856.

When Manahan escorted his guest home in 1856, he might have offered Lincoln one of the family beds. Lincoln, accustomed to austere accommodations from years as a circuit-riding lawyer, accepted a night on the couch instead. However, it was too short, so two chairs were placed at the end to support Lincoln's long legs, according to Manahan family legend. [Link]

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