A visit from Mr. President

Allow me to tweak a minor detail of American history regarding Abraham Lincoln.

It’s this business of using past-tense verbs in the context of Mr. Sixteenth President.

Please repeat after me:

‘Abraham Lincoln wears (not wore) a stovepipe hat, black frock coat, black suit and black boots. ‘He is (not was) a rail splitter. ‘He delivers (not delivered) an address about the dedication of a military cemetery near Gettysburg, Pa.’

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