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The Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln Wrote the Words. Adolphus Simeon Solomons Provided the Paper.

Four score and seven years ago, our Jewish forefathers brought forth, upon this continent a stationery company that provided the paper on which Abraham Lincoln's wrote the Gettysburg Address. The speech, given on November 19, 1863, still stands as the backbone of American democracy in part, one could argue, because of the fine paper on which it was written. This was supplied by the Washington, D.C. stationery company Philip & Solomons, which was co-founded by Franklin Philp and Adolphus Simeon Solomons, a prominent Jewish citizen with close ties to Lincoln.

Philp & Solomons was one of several companies known to supply paper and writing materials to the government, according to Michele Hamil, a Paper and Photograph Conservator at Cornell University who who made this discovery. Receipts from the Treasury Department have confirmed that the stationery company did in fact supply paper to the White House.

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Author:Benaim, Rachel Delia
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Nov 17, 2016
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