Today marks the 205th birthday of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is known, among other things, for serving as President during the American Civil War and for authoring the Emancipation Proclamation.
Family lore tells that when Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862, he called her "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war," crediting Uncle Tom's Cabin as a motivator for the outbreak of the Civil War. Stowe visited Lincoln at the White House to encourage him to sign his September 1862 draft of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
For more on Lincoln, visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library website.
Statue of Harriet Beecher Stowe meeting Abraham Lincoln in December 1862
Hartford, CT Riverfront