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Encounters with Fame

Encounters with fame

Proudly hanging on the wall at Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut, is a framed document signed by Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln appointed Henry C. Bowen to the position of Collector of Internal Revenue for the Third Collection District of New York. Lincoln did this to thank Bowen for the part he played in helping Lincoln win the election of 1860. That year, Bowen and five others arranged for Abraham Lincoln to travel to New York and give the speech that is now known as the Cooper Union Address. Lincoln acknowledged that this speech made him and his viewpoints known throughout the East and played an important role in his election. 

Has your family ever had a close encounter with fame? Do you have any famous autographs?

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Encounters with Fame