A man recently took to social media to recount a story of what happened when Abraham Lincoln stayed at his great great great great grandmother’s house while he was on the campaign trail in 1860.
Back then, presidential candidates did not stay at luxury hotels or travel from city to city in private jets. Instead, they stayed with normal American families and would do chores around the house for them in exchange for getting to sleep there for the night.
Here’s what the man had to say about Lincoln’s stay with his ancestor:
In 1860 Abraham Lincoln actually stayed with my great great great grandma. She was a pretty bossy lady and gave Lincoln a long list of chores to do as soon as she met him.
Finally when he thought he was done, my grandma said, “Last chores, Abraham. For dinner we’re having stew, corn on the cob, and apple pie. I’ll work on the stew, but you’re going to be on the front porch shucking corn and peeling apples until there’s nothing left in front of you.”
And with that, she led him outside where there were two huge baskets filled to the brim with apples and corn.
Abraham started peeling and shucking. Periodically my grandma would check on him to see how much he had left to get an idea of when they’d eat. Little known fact about Abraham Lincoln, but he is very bad at shucking corn and peeling apples.
After checking on him for what felt like the tenth time, my grandma was real frustrated. She said, “Abraham, how can you be expected to lead a country if you can’t even help with dinner!?”
And Abraham Lincoln replied, “Relax Mrs. Lee, I have four cores and seven ears to go.”
LOL! How perfect is that?!