Rare Lincoln Handwriting In Central Illinois Book

August 6, 2014


(Clinton, IL)  --  A small town library is home to a major piece of history.  State historians say President Abe Lincoln's signature is inside the front cover of a book at the Vespasian Warner Library in Clinton.  The 700-page book called "Types of Mankind" was published in 1854 and it outlines a theory on why slavery was justified as a part of the natural order.  Experts say Lincoln rejected that argument and might have read the book to educate himself on his opponent's case.

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