A never before displayed letter from the father of the electric light is on display in Springfield. What does a letter from Thomas Edison have to do with Springfield, Illinois or Abe Lincoln? Actually, the letter, which is on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, compliments Abraham Lincoln’s entrepreneurship.
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“In that letter, Edison, a famous inventor himself, praises Lincoln, a fellow inventor, for his greatness,” said Dave Blanchette, spokesman for the library and museum. Blanchette says Lincoln invented a device to remove river boats from sandbars should they become stuck. Lincoln came up with the idea after his own river flatboat became stuck. He patented the idea and is the only U.S. president to have held a patent, although you won’t find any of the tools because they were never manufactured. The letter is on display this month along with the Gettysburg Address