Best Lincoln Stories Tersely Told
by J. E. Gallaher
Pub. in 1898

 

Was Proud of His Strength
 

Mr. Lincoln was a remarkably strong man; he was strong as well as tall. He was in the habit of measuring his height with other tall men,—he did this even in the White House. In 1859 he visited the Wisconsin State Fair at Milwaukee and was led around by the then Governor Hoyt. They entered a tent where a "strong man" was performing with huge iron balls. His feats amazed and interested Lincoln. The governor told him to go up on the platform and be introduced to the athlete, by whose exhibition of skill he was so fascinated. He did so, and after the formal introduction he remarked to the "strong man," who was short of stature: "Why, I could lick salt off the top of your hat."

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