Rise of the Rail Splitter


Abraham Lincoln. Exercise book fragment, ca. 1825. Manuscript.

This fragment contains mathematical exercises in the hand of Lincoln when he was a teenager.  Lincoln’s former law partner, William Henry Herndon (1844-1891), received this leaf from Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln (1788-1869), in 1866 when he was collecting documentation for his planned biography of the late president.

MS Am 1326   Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1954.