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Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
03-16-2017, 04:13 PM (This post was last modified: 03-16-2017 04:14 PM by Gene C.)
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Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
Like a lot of kids growing up, Abraham Lincoln had a nickname.
What was it, who gave it to him, and why?

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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03-16-2017, 05:56 PM
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
Due to his size, strength, and wrestling prowess, he was nicknamed the "young Hercules of Pigeon Creek." I do not know who gave him this nickname.
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03-16-2017, 07:48 PM
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Sorry Roger, that is not the answer the prize committee was looking for.
However, due to the overwhelming response and interest in this frequently overlooked import detail in Abraham Lincoln's life, they have authorized me to offer a hint.

This nickname did not come from an immediate family member.

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03-16-2017, 08:25 PM
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
Let's try Beanpole because I saw it as a crossword clue. It definitely fits Lincoln at almost any age, but I have no idea who gave it to him - even if it is the answer you are looking for.
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03-17-2017, 04:56 AM
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
(03-16-2017 08:25 PM)L Verge Wrote:  Let's try Beanpole because I saw it as a crossword clue. It definitely fits Lincoln at almost any age, but I have no idea who gave it to him - even if it is the answer you are looking for.

According to Dr. John Sotos in The Physical Lincoln....a Miss Camron in New Salem said Lincoln was "thin as a beanpole and ugly as a scarecrow."

http://www.physical-lincoln.com/appearance.html
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03-17-2017, 07:48 AM
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
A good guess, but this nickname was given him well before he left for New Salem.

I guess it's time for a new hint.
This nickname was given well before Lincoln left for New Salem.

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03-17-2017, 02:32 PM
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
"Honest Abe."
As a teen living in Indiana, he had borrowed a book about George Washington from a neighbor and while it was in his possession, the book was damaged. Not having any money to pay for the damage, Abraham honestly told his neighbor what happened and offered to work off the value of the book. For three days he worked in the man's fields as payment for the damaged book. Such a strong sense of integrity later became a hallmark of his presidency.

Sorry, I can not remember the neighbor's name.
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03-17-2017, 02:46 PM (This post was last modified: 03-17-2017 02:50 PM by Gene C.)
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
Very good Donna, however, again this is not the answer the prize committee is looking for.

According to my source, the answer we are looking for is from a definite individual, who gave 2 specific reasons for giving a young Abraham this nickname.

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03-17-2017, 02:54 PM
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Lincoln was nicknamed "High" by a gentleman named Pottinger. Abraham did not like it.
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03-17-2017, 03:19 PM (This post was last modified: 03-17-2017 03:21 PM by Gene C.)
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RE: Lincoln's Boyhood Nickname
Congratulations Roger. That is correct.

This story of Lincoln's nickname is somewhat questionable.
It's from an interesting book, however most of the stories in this book about young Abraham Lincoln are questionable.
The book is "The Boyhood of Abraham Lincoln" by J. Rogers Gore from the spoken narrative of Ausitn Gollaher

Abraham earned his nickname when he was a young boy in Kentucky.
The person who gave him this nickname was Old Man Pottinger.
the nickname was "High"
"Mr. Pottinger explained that the
name was appropriate for two reasons:
one, that Abe was extremely high for his
age, and the other, that he met everybody
with the salutation ''Hi!'' ''So, Abe," he said
good-naturedly, 'we'll just call you
High after this."

You can find the entire chapter titled appropriately "The Nickname"
here, beginning on page 132
https://archive.org/stream/boyhoodofabra...2/mode/2up

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03-19-2017, 11:12 PM
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That prize committee seems to be a mighty powerful organization. Big Grin

I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it. (Letter to James H. Hackett, November 2, 1863)
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