Bedell, Grace, 1848-1936

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birth 1848‑11‑04
death 1936‑11‑02
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At the age of eleven, Grace Bedell Billings (1848-1936) of Westfield, New York, wrote to Abraham Lincoln shortly before he was elected President of the United States suggesting that he wear a beard to improve his appearance. Lincoln replied to her letter without committing himself to growing a beard, but nonetheless began wearing one soon thereafter.

From the description of Grace Bedell Billings letter to J. W. Walton, 1911 October 30. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 769135176



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