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Lincoln's Student Sum Book

Supply Object Title
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Abraham Lincoln's Student Sum Book,
ca. 1824-26
Manuscript Division
Gift Herndon-Weik
Collection of Lincolniana, 1941 (29.3)

Abraham Lincoln claimed in his autobiography that all of his formal schooling did not amount to one year. The pioneer schools of Indiana probably did not have access to a math text book. Lincoln, however, managed to acquire a few sheets of paper that he sewed together to form a small math notebook. The Library acquired two pages, one leaf shown here. This is considered the earliest extant Lincoln manuscript.

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