Lincoln's Little Girl: A True Story
During the presidential campaign of 1860, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to Abraham Lincoln & suggested that he grow whiskers, thinking that the beard would increase his chances of election. The exchange of letters between Grace & Mr. Lincoln & their meeting at the Westfield, New York, train depot is one of the warmest human interest stories in American history. Lincoln's life is well documented. But Grace's life from that point on, while little known, played against the tumultuous backdrop of mid-nineteenth-century New York State & was rich with pioneering spirit. Grace & her husband headed west to homestead, where they struggled with grasshopper plagues, tornadoes, & other hardships. In this unique biography, author Fred Trump has uncovered original letters & newspaper accounts that help flesh out this small but inspiring piece of history.
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Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln on October 15 1860
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