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Catalog Number 00885
Object Name Wood
Description Piece of white oak from the rail fence split by Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was in Indiana, John Hanks came from Indiana to Illinois and bought land and wrote to Dennis Hanks and Abraham Lincoln that he had purchased the land, and for them to come on. John cut enough white oak to build the log cabin and planted fifteen acres of land to crop. Lincoln decided there should be a fence around the crop and he cut down and split enough white oak to build a rail fence around the fifteen acres. Two of these rails were later used at the Decatur convention at which Lincoln was nominated the first time, and this is a piece of one of the rails that Lincoln split and was taken to the Decatur Convention. Dennis Hanks took them out and found the white oak rails from which he made this. This piece was presented by Mr. Fay, Custodian of the Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois through his son, E.O. Fay to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Cook, Sept 5, 1948. A Piece of this same rail and this same little block was sent to Gen. Eisenhower, President of Columbia University, with a Springfield, Illinois student who was leaving to enroll at Columbia
Source Fay, Mr. through Claude R. Cook
Received Date 08/01/1950