Two halves of Lincoln document reunited

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Researchers have reunited two halves of a document signed by Abraham Lincoln that had been separated for more than 150 years.

The document is from an 1846 appeal of an Edgar County case which Lincoln lost.

The bottom half – with the future president’s signature – is housed at the St. Lawrence University Library in Canton, N.Y. The upper half is in the Illinois State Archives.

David Gerleman is an assistant editor of The Papers of Abraham Lincoln in Illinois. He was in Canton last year and examined the bottom half. Researchers later linked the two halves.

Officials say it’s likely someone long ago tore the bottom half off for Lincoln’s signature. Such scavenging of Lincoln memorabilia was not unusual in the 19th century.


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