Ashburn, VA (February 21. 2017) – Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, celebrated his 208th birthday with fourth grade students at Horizon Elementary. Honest!
Well, it was actually Lincoln impersonator Greg Edwards in a stovepipe hat and overcoat – but he was wearing a visitor’s badge that read “Abe.”
Edwards visited the school’s five fourth grade classes on Monday, Feb. 13th. During his visit, Edwards – er President Lincoln – discussed some of the most important accomplishments of his administration. These included the creation of a common national currency, the implementation of income tax and the national observance of Thanksgiving. The President discussed his life prior to moving to the White House. These details included his family members, his study of the law and his passion for reading. He also explained how life was different at the White House during Lincoln’s time in terms of the home being open to the public for meetings with the President.
Just as Lincoln used his stovepipe hat to store his important papers, Edwards kept his class schedule in his hat for quick reference. He discussed the Lincoln Memorial and shared that Lincoln’s son, Robert, attended the dedication of the memorial while he was in his 80s. The President also gave each student a penny as a keepsake of his visit.