Berry Lincoln Store and U.S. Post Office New Salem in Illinois
photo by Howard Taylor
. . . Out of a job, Lincoln went to work for general-store-owner
Hill sold whiskey and was
postmaster. However, the townspeople felt
that Lincoln could be a better postmaster. At the
time, Lincoln's ambition was
growing. On May 7,
1833, Lincoln placed a five-hundred-dollar bond,
and became postmaster.
Abe was not paid much for
splitting rails, helping at the mill, and being an assistant surveyor.
In fact in the three years as postmaster, he was not paid more than two
In addition, Lincoln's mailing
route was huge.
Lincoln helped out people who could not afford to
pay their mail bills.
In one instance, Lincoln was
turned in by a friend and fined ten dollars for delivering
On May 30, 1836, Lincoln
resigned as postmaster.
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