Thomas F. Schwartz, Secretary, The Abraham Lincoln Association

One of the most recognized images of the pre-presidential Lincoln shows him in a white summer suit, standing in the doorway of his Springfield residence while a parade of supporters march past. A float with thirty-three young ladies dressed in white, representing the states of the Union, is in the foreground with a small buggy attached with another young lady in white carrying a sign “Won’t you let me in—Kansas,” a reference to the troubled territory. It was a day full of festivities. The following two recollections come from different observers, but both were friends.

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