January 12, 2020 -- Abe & Grace
Now .... for a little true history that probably wasn't in your history textbooks ....
February 16, 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln’s train arrived in Westfield, New York. Normally, Lincoln would have passed through this small community with the same briefness as others of its size, but Westfield contained a special citizen named Grace Bedell. 12-year old Grace Bedell had written to Lincoln on October 15 of the previous year suggesting that he grow whiskers, because " all the ladies like whiskers and her brothers would vote for him and he would look nicer." Lincoln must have anticipated that Grace would be in that Westfield crowd, because he told the audience of the letter and called out for her. The Philadelphia Enquirer reported what Lincoln said and what happened next …....
“Some three months ago, I received a letter from a young lady here; it was a very pretty letter, and she advised me to let my whiskers grow, as it would improve my personal appearance; acting partly upon her suggestion, I have done so; and now, if she is here, I would like to see her”; . . . A small boy, sitting atop a nearby post, with his mouth and eyes both wide open, cried out, ``there she is, Mr. LINCOLN,'' pointing to a beautiful girl, with black eyes, who was blushing all over her fair face.
The President left the car, made his way to her through the crowd, shook her hand and gave her a hearty kiss on her forehead. Then, amid the yells of delight from the excited crowd, he bade her good-bye and again boarded his train to finish the trip".
In 1999, the town of Westfield finally erected this sculpture of the event, sculpted by town resident, Don Sottile.
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