Film, Video How a President Learned to Write

Format Film, Video
Contributors Evans, Clark
Language English
Subjects Lincoln, Abraham
Motion Pictures
Rutledge, Ann
How a President Learned to Write
Contributor Names
Evans, Clark (Curator)
Subject Headings
-  Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
-  Rutledge, Ann, -1835
-  Motion Pictures
Motion Pictures
-  Abraham Lincoln considered his formal education to be "defective" from an early age, and he compensated by devoting intense effort to self-education through reading. In his twenties, while serving as New Salem Postmaster and a member of the Illinois State Assembly, Lincoln studied the law and taught himself surveying. After mastering Kirkham's Grammar, he gave his copy of the book to Ann Rutledge, in whom some believe Lincoln had a romantic interest, inscribing it: "Ann M. Rutledge is now learning grammar." Ann died tragically a short time later from typhoid fever.
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