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Ornate red and ivory wall decoration, with plaque and symbols

Abraham Lincoln, Inventor

Posted by: Jim Martin

In the fall of 1848, a one-term congressman from Illinois returned home from Washington, D.C.,via a trip through the Great Lakes. While on the Detroit River, Congressman Lincoln observed the crew of a steamer that had run aground wedge empty casks and barrels under the vessel’s gunwales to increase its buoyancy. The attempt worked and gave …