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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.

From Amazon: Lincoln's Yarns and Stories: A Complete Collection of the Witty Anecdotes that Made Lincoln Famous as America's Greatest Story Teller

     


The Jokes of Abraham Lincoln (Pageant Magazine, 1954)

The Jokes of Abraham Lincoln (Pageant Magazine, 1954)

The Jokes of Abraham Lincoln (Pageant Magazine, 1954)

The Jokes of Abraham Lincoln (Pageant Magazine, 1954)

The Jokes of Abraham Lincoln (Pageant Magazine, 1954)

The Jokes of Abraham Lincoln (Pageant Magazine, 1954)

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