Mr. Lincoln’s prodigious story-telling was of tremendous benefit. He was never at a loss for a story to explain a meaning or enforce a point. His supply was apparently inexhaustible, and the stories sounded so real that it was hard to determine whether he repeated what he had heard from others, or had invented himself. Humor was used by Lincoln to escape difficult issue or embarrassing commitment. He was especially skilled in outwitting people who came to him to get information which he did not wish to divulge. “Mr. Lincoln never would, if he could help it, permit anybody to tell a better story than himself,” wrote journalist Lawrence A. Gobright. He never permitted anybody to excel him in those little jokes.” He abounded in anecdotes. He illustrated everything he was talking about by an anecdote, always exceedingly apt and pointed, and socially he always kept his company in a roar of laughter.” Join us for this luncheon on Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday.