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?