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November 14th, 2007at 07:43am Posted by Eli

Weekly World News uncovers another shocker!

(By Mike Foster)

Abraham Lincoln was a woman – and the discovery of a secret cache of 43 photographs shot by famed Lincoln photographer Matthew Brady proves it!


“Although President Lincoln was known as ‘Honest Abe,’ it turns out she fibbed about one thing to the American people – her gender,” says [Jessica] Durbeen, author of the upcoming book, Lady Lincoln.

While the theory may sound preposterous, Durbeen cites some striking evidence that our 16th President was a woman in disguise, including:

o The discovery of a birth certificate for a baby girl named Abigail Lincoln, born in Hardin County, Ky., on Feb. 12, 1809 – the same place and date as President Lincoln.

o New medical evidence that Lincoln suffered from Marfan’s syndrome, a disorder that can make women unusually tall and gaunt, with long, gangling limbs and big hands.

o A jar of glue used by actors to apply fake beards, found among Lincoln’s personal effects at the Smithsonian Museum – along with a dozen sanitary napkins.

o A long-missing page from the diary of John Wilkes Booth, in which the presidential assassin rails against “the White House lover who spurned me.” (See: “Was assassin John Wilkes Booth Abe’s lover?” on page 6.)


Durbeen says she embarked upon her investigation after happening upon a tattered old Confederate pamphlet that charged that the Yankee leader was really female.

“At first, I thought it was just wartime propaganda, but then I took a closer look at a photo of Lincoln and realized the beard does look bogus,” the Lexington historian says.


Durbeen believes that Marfan’s syndrome stretched young Abigail Lincoln to her eye-popping height of 6-foot-4 and gave her a mannish physique.

“Between that and Abigail’s tomboy nature, it was perhaps inevitable that she would come to dress as a boy and in time insist upon being called ‘Abe,'” Durbeen says.

“Passing herself off as a young man, she went on to work in ‘macho’ jobs such as rail-splitter and surveyor – even enlisting as a volunteer in the Black Hawk Indian War.”


She also argues that Lincoln was the mother, not the father, of six children and that homely First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln was a man posing as a woman.

“Take a look at a photo of Mary Todd Lincoln and you’ll be convinced,” Durbeen says.

I wish there was an easy way to share the photos accompanying the story. My favorite caption: “IF THEY ONLY KNEW: Lincoln often wore a top hat to hide her long locks – as shown in this battlefield photo.”

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