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    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
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    Sep 1999

    Abe Lincoln, rail splitter, whiskey seller, born 200 years ago tomorrow.

    Abraham Lincoln, who was born 200 years ago tomorrow, was an abolitionist and most abolitionists were prohibitionists too.

    But Lincoln, who was also a masterful politician, had it both ways on alcohol.

    As a young man, he had been a licensed whiskey retailer, first as a hired clerk, then as a business owner, in the tiny frontier hamlet of New Salem, Illinois. The stores all failed and left him burdened with debt, so he found a government job, studied law, and got into politics.

    My birthday tribute to Lincoln is here.

    Below are two pictures from New Salem, which has been recreated as a historic site. They call the second one the Lincoln-Berry Store, but the first one seems more like it.
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