Kentucky highlighting Lincoln ties as 200th birthday approaches

By: Janelle Bass/AP
By: Janelle Bass/AP

As the 200 year anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth approaches, Kentucky is highlighting its connection to the legendary president with signs pointing out he belonged to the Bluegrass first.

Officially, it's well accepted that the nation's 16th president was born in Kentucky about 55 miles southeast of Louisville, near a town called Hodgenville. But nearly two centuries later, murmurs still circulate that perhaps Lincoln was born elsewhere.

Jerry Goodnight, a retired schoolteacher in North Carolina who's co-authored a book on the subject, said stories passed down for decades place Lincoln's birth in more than a dozen possible locations including North Carolina, Tennessee and even other towns in Kentucky.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site Superintendent Keith Pruitt, however, disputes the notion that Lincoln was born anywhere else, saying there is "no scholarship behind them."

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