Lincoln museum opens Douglas exhibit


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has a new exhibit on the life of Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln's greatest rival.

The Springfield museum said in a news release Monday that this year marks the bicentennial of Douglas' birth in Vermont.

The exhibit includes a letter to one of Douglas' allies in his election race against Lincoln. There are also photos of Douglas through the years and a piece of wood from a tree that shaded the men during a debate in Quincy.

The museum notes the men's lives were strongly linked. Both courted Mary Todd before she became Lincoln's wife. And both served in Congress before running against each other for a Senate seat in 1858.

The museum plans to keep the Douglas display open about two months.

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