Posted on February 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Presidents are well-known to dabble in literature — after all, their lives typically beg for memoirs to be written.

Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day in 1809, showed a slightly different interest in writing, though: that of fiction.

Smithsonian magazine has reprinted a true-crime short story that Lincoln published in his local paper, The Quincy Whig, in the 1840s.

The inspiration for the story was a trial in which Lincoln successfully defended a client against murder charges.

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