Hoosiers like to think that our greatest president derived his greatness from his youth growing up in Indiana. In fact, Abraham Lincoln rejected many of the values of 19th-century Indiana. Indiana was a Democratic state; Lincoln was a Whig. Indiana was a black law state, with legal discriminations against African Americans; Lincoln’s policies as president would end the black laws. Lincoln left Indiana at age 21 and like many a youth, he choose a path for his adult life that differed from his childhood.
Curt B. Witcher, Genealogy Center Manager, Senior Manager for Special Collections
Mailing Address: The Genealogy Center
Allen County Public Library
P. O. Box 2270
Fort Wayne, IN 46801