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Lincoln: Unraveling the myths, mysteries and misconceptions

Abraham Lincoln was a respected and shrewd politician, a quick-witted orator and firm abolitionist, but many misconceptions continue to circulate regarding the 16th president, local historian David Wagner said during a Wednesday evening presentation.


Local historian David Wagner poses for a photo with Nancy Eckert after his Wednesday evening presentation titled Myths, Mysteries and Misconceptions About Lincoln. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

“Over 16,000 books have been written about Lincoln, which is more than any other human being except Jesus,” Mr. Wagner told the crowd that gathered for the Logan County Historical Society’s membership meeting.

“Logic would dictate that among those 16,000 books and countless articles, there are some inaccuracies, some inconsistencies and even some outlandish things said about him,” the historian said at the beginning of his Myths, Mysteries and Misconceptions About Lincoln presentation.

For one, Lincoln never slayed a vampire, as one recent movie would have viewers believe, Mr. Wagner said with a laugh after the slideshow presentation.

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