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Robert M. Palmer – Lincoln’s Minister to Argentina

| April 10, 2014

A biographical sketch of Robert M. Palmer appeared in the Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, published in 1893, and was authored by Samuel T.  Wiley.  It is presented below in slightly modified form.  It tells the story of the minister President Abraham Lincoln appointed to Argentina. The Hon. Robert M. Palmer was […]

Best of 2013: The Lincoln Flag Hoax

| December 27, 2013

“The Lincoln Flag Hoax“, first published on 21 December 2012, was one of the conclusions to a long series on the Lincoln assassination that appeared throughout 2012.   The series took the reader through a chronology of events that supposedly took place at and after the Lincoln assassination and included characters Laura Keene, Jeannie Gourlay, William […]

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – The Bicentennial Issues of 2009

| December 7, 2013

Stamps honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln were issued by the United States Postal Service on 9 February 2009. The stamps were issued in four designs, each showing a scene from Lincoln’s life and career along with a larger portrait of Lincoln at either the left or right side of the […]

Israel Seiders – Pennsylvania Railroad Employee

| October 6, 2013

Israel Seiders was born on 1 September 1838 in Matamoras, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, the son  Henry Seiders (also known as Zeiders) and Mary [Miller] Seiders,  His mother was a descendant of the Enders family, early pioneer settlers of the area near Halifax Township.  He died on 4 May 1904, and the next day, his obituary […]

Lincoln Ancestral Home – Photo Essay

| October 2, 2013

In a prior blog post, it was noted that the ancestral roots of Abraham Lincoln were in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  The historical marker shown below was featured in that post. As noted on the marker, the homestead is located just 1.25 miles south.  At the intersection on Route 422, travel south toward the Lincoln Corporate […]