The old saying “Out of the mouth of babes, oft comes gems” was certainly true when young Miss Grace Bedell wrote to Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln on October 15, 1860. Grace was eleven years old at the time of her correspondence to Lincoln. Here is her letter.
Hon A B Lincoln…
My father has just home from the fair and brought home your picture and Mr. Hamlin’s. I am a little girl only 11 years old, but want you should be President of the United States very much so I hope you wont think me very bold to write to such a great man as you are. Have you any little girls about as large as I am if so give them my love and tell her to write to me if you cannot answer this letter. I have got 4 brother’s and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President. My father is going to vote for you and if I was a man I would vote for you to but I will try to get every one to vote for you that I can I think that rail fence around your picture makes it look very pretty I have got a little baby sister she is nine weeks old and is just as cunning as can be. When you direct your letter direct to Grace Bedell Westfield Chatauque County New York
I must not write any more answer this letter right off Good bye
Abraham Lincoln responded to Grace’s letter and after he was elected President, he sought her out when his train stopped in Westfield, New York. Lincoln showed off his new whiskers and gave little Grace kisses on the cheek.
Imagine the obverse of the Lincoln penny without the famous beard. The reverse of the 2009 Bicentennial Penny, Youth in Indiana, displays a fresh clean-shaven Lincoln sitting on a log. The Bicentennial Pennies celebrate the 200 anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.