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Recollection of Jesse W. Fell, Conversation with Abraham Lincoln in early 1859

Jesse Weldon Fell, detail
Jesse W. Fell was a legendary Illinois businessman who had known Abraham Lincoln for over 25 years before he determined to help make his friend president. This recollection from nearly twenty years after Lincoln's death, offered Fell's self-serving account of how he tutored Lincoln in the politics of the presidential race. He described Lincoln as being open with him about his ambition but reluctant to put himself forward, reportedly claiming, "It won't pay". (By Matthew Pinsker)

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