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February 20, 2012
Grace Greenwood Bedell Billings was the person who, at the age of 11, wrote to Abraham Lincoln, then just a candidate, urging him to grow his now-iconic beard: “All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.” 
His ridiculously charming reply:
My dear little Miss Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received - I regret the  necessity of saying I have no daughters - I have three sons - one  seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age -As to the whiskers have  never worn any do you not think people would call it a silly affriction  if I were to begin it now? Your very sincere well wisher A. Lincoln

Grace Greenwood Bedell Billings was the person who, at the age of 11, wrote to Abraham Lincoln, then just a candidate, urging him to grow his now-iconic beard: “All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.”

His ridiculously charming reply:

My dear little Miss Your very agreeable letter of the 15th is received - I regret the necessity of saying I have no daughters - I have three sons - one seventeen, one nine, and one seven years of age -As to the whiskers have never worn any do you not think people would call it a silly affriction if I were to begin it now? Your very sincere well wisher A. Lincoln

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