Already as a boy, Lincoln was a daydreamer; his stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston, appreciated and cultivated his contemplative nature.
On the Indiana frontier Lincoln received less than one year of formal schooling. But he loved to read. Among the books he read were the Bible, The Life of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Aesop's Fables, Robinson Crusoe, and The Abrabian Nights.
In 1844, the 35-year-old Lincoln looked back on his childhood home in the Indiana woods and wrote:
"My childhood's home I see again, / And sadden with the view; / And still, as memory crowds my brain, / there's pleasure in it too."
Photos and text © Gleaves Whitney 2005