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Lincoln the Arbiter New Salem, Illinois

By Fletcher C. Ransom


Abraham Lincoln is judging a frontier practice known as gander pulling.Fletcher Ransom was a commercial artist who worked in Joliet, Illinois. Although he had a thriving business with a local greeting card company, he also contributed a number of images for the Chicago & Illinois Midlands Railway Company calendar series. One of the local tales explaining Lincoln's nickname ""Honest Abe"" comes from his judging sporting events such as horse racing and wrestling. In the sport of gander pulling the horseman would try to pull the head off the gander riding at full speed. The reward for successfully completing the task was a goose for dinner

Topics: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Homes and haunts--Illinois
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society
Year: 1943
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