Fence rail split by Abraham Lincoln & John Hanks Decatur, Illinois, 1830. This fence-rail piece is one of the many souvenirs made for the friends and supporters of presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. This particular piece is attributed to Lincoln’s cousin and rail-spitting partner, John Hanks. Dennis F. Hanks (another cousin) sold it at the Northwest Soldiers’ Home Fair at Chicago in May 1865, a little more than a month after Lincoln’s assassination.



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