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U.S. #1282
4¢ Abraham Lincoln
Prominent Americans Series
 
Issue Date: November 19, 1965
City: New York, NY
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:
Rotary Press
Color: Black
 
Prominent Americans Series
The Prominent Americans Series recognizes people who played important roles in U.S. history. Officials originally planned to honor 18 individuals, but later added seven others. The Prominent Americans Series began with the 4¢ Lincoln stamp, which was issued on November 10, 1965. During the course of the series, the 6¢ Eisenhower stamp was reissued with an 8¢ denomination and the 5¢ Washington was redrawn.
 
A number of technological changes developed during the course of producing the series, resulting in a number of varieties due to gum, luminescence, precancels and perforations plus sheet, coil and booklet formats. Additionally, seven rate changes occurred while the Prominent Americans Series was current, giving collectors who specialize in first and last day of issue covers an abundance of collecting opportunities.
 
The 4¢ denomination features Abraham Lincoln as its subject. Born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky, Lincoln (1809-65) was the first U.S. President born outside the original thirteen colonies. During his childhood, Lincoln’s family moved first to Indiana, then settled in Illinois.
Lincoln was an avid reader with a quest for knowledge. Although he received less than 18 months of formal education, Lincoln’s self-education was extensive. 
 
At 22, Lincoln moved to New Salem, Illinois. He supported himself by working a variety of odd jobs, including shopkeeper, postmaster, surveyor, and rail-splitter. Unusually tall and strong, Lincoln was an able wrestler and talented with an axe. He served as captain of the local militia during the Black Hawk War and was widely respected by the men in his command.
 
Although he despised the nickname, Lincoln began to be known as the “Rail-Splitter” during the 1860 presidential campaign. To emphasize his humble beginnings, supporters marched into the Illinois State Republican Convention holding split rails painted with the slogan “Abraham Lincoln, The Rail Candidate for President in 1860.” Because of – or perhaps despite – the nickname, Lincoln won the nomination and the presidential election.