During the summer of 2009, someone bought a piece of national history when the Beloit Historical Society agreed to auction off a piece of paper that netted $91,000.
The single page, handwritten paper was part of a larger manuscript and has the number 44 written at the top. It contains 23 lines written by then president, Abraham Lincoln. Although discarded, it was later retrieved, and saved by Indian Affairs Commissioner William P. Doyle, according to the auction catalog produced by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, Texas.
It was part of Lincoln’s last State of the Union Address, according to information in the catalog dated June 16 and 17, 2009.