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What Happened on February 16, 1861

Historical Events


USAAbraham Lincoln Grows a Beard

Abraham Lincoln stops his train at Westfield on his way to Washington to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person for her advice to grow a beard to gain more votes

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Abraham Lincoln left, before he received the letter from Grace Bedell, and right, shortly before he met her in 1861
Abraham Lincoln left, before he received the letter from Grace Bedell, and right, shortly before he met her in 1861
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1861 Highlights

About February 16, 1861

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 160 years and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Aquarius