Friday, February 13, 2009

More on the New Lincoln Stamps...

According to the Springfield, Illinois, State Journal-Register,first-day sales of the new set of postage stamps commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday drew a big crowd Monday at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, where the stamps were officially unveiled.

Numerous public officials were present at the unveiling, including U.S. Postmaster General John Potter, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Mayor Tim Davlin.

Potter and the other presenters noted that Lincoln’s first government job was as a postmaster in New Salem, a position he held from 1833 to 1836.

State Historian Tom Schwartz is quoted in the article as saying, "It was an interesting appointment,not least because Lincoln at the time was a member of the Whig Party, and his appointment had to be approved by President Andrew Jackson’s Democratic administration."

To read the entire article, click here.

To watch a CNN video of Lincoln buying a set of his new stamps,click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:14 AM