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Did Abraham Lincoln Smoke Weed?

Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer most known because he served as the 16th president of the United States. At the time that he was elected in 1860, no one would’ve predicted his success, but today he’s known as one of the greatest presidents of the United States. Before becoming successful, Lincoln had very little formal schooling as he spent most of his time working to support his family. After settling in New Salem, Illinois, Lincoln got involved in politics as a supporter of the Whig Party when he was elected to the state legislature in 1834. Lincoln opposed the spread of slavery, which eventually paved the way for slavery’s abolition with his Emancipation Proclamation. In 1846, Lincoln won the election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was then elected to Congress, which led him to take a break from politics, promising not to seek election, which he ultimately sought after the Kansas-Nebraska Act gave each state the right to be free or slave. Lincoln joined the new Republican Party in opposition of slavery in 1848 and ran for Senate that same year. After losing that election, he continued to gain popularity, eventually earning the Republican nomination for president. Lincoln carried the Electoral College to win the presidency in 1860.

Many people argue Abraham Lincoln smoked marijuana because in a letter he writes, “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica." Many dispute this because apparently Hohner Harmonica Company didn’t start making harmonicas until after this letter was sent, which the curator of the Hohner museum denies ever existed. Also, Lincoln has no history of smoking, so there’s no other evidence indicating he smoked marijuana.


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