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Grace Bedell Billings correspondence RHC-74

Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49503



Repository: Grand Valley State University Special Collections & University Archives
creatorBedell, Grace, 1848-1936
creatorBillings, Grace Bedell, 1848-1936
Title: Grace Bedell Billings correspondence
Dates: 1925-1928
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet1 box
Identification: RHC-74
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Collection Description

Correspondence to Grace Bedell Billings from friends, family, and from individuals requesting autographs and information about the letter she sent to Lincoln, 1925-1928.


Biography

Eleven year old Grace Bedell of Springfield, Illinois, wrote to Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in 1860 after seeing an election portrait of him with a shaven face. Grace asked him to grow a beard as she thought he "would look a great deal better" if he would let his whiskers grow. Grace told Lincoln in her letter that she would have her brothers, who were Democrats, visit him if he did grow a beard. Later publicity about the incident led to her being known as "Lincoln's Little Girl."


Correspondence
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grace Bedell Billings correspondence (RHC-74. Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harvey E. Lemmen


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