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Promissory Note Promissory Note

Seeking to improve his situation in 1833, Lincoln along with his business partner William Berry signed a promissory note -- and IOU -- to obtain goods for their store in New Salem, Illinois. Unfortunately for Lincoln, the store soon failed and his former partner died in 1835, leaving him with the remainder of the debt to be paid off, which took many years. This is just one of many examples that historians point to when asked how Lincoln got the moniker "honest Abe."








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Episode 4, Mr. Lincoln's Promissory Note:
We talk with Dr. James Cornelius about Mr. Lincoln's Promissory Note.