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Friday, February 15, 2008

OLD ABE’S PAPER TRAIL

Abraham Lincoln was certainly a politician and statesman, and yes, he was most definitely an American president. But he began his rocket-ride to immortality as an lowly attorney riding the circuit, and lawyers even in the good old days could generate vast piles of court documents, including many handwritten and/or signed by Old Abe himself. In the past seven years, researchers have discovered 11,000 such documents in Lincoln’s hand in various courthouses and other repositories, and they think there are most likely many thousands more waiting to be discovered…

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