I like to think that when my time is up, an article will appear like the one attached here: an article that provides a chronological list cataloging all the many gut-busting jokes I've ever uttered to everyone's complete joy and delight - but it seems highly unlikely.
That said, the journalist who went to the effort to compile and chronicle these ten Lincoln jokes did so in order that Lincoln students yet-unborn would understand the unique place that humor occupied in his life:
"Lincoln could use humor as an explosive weapon as well as employing it as a constructive force... For Abraham Lincoln never told a story except with a purpose. He himself pointed this out often. His anecdotes were the precision tools of a highly skilled and intelligent wit... 'I laugh because I must not cry: That's all, that's all.'"
Click here to read another article about Lincoln's use of humor.
Click here to read the back-story concerning the Star-Spangled Banner...