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Researcher finds rare Abraham Lincoln records

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  • Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

    Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Researchers have found records that Abraham Lincoln signed detailing his travel and expenses during his time as a member of Congress.

The Springfield-based Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum said Thursday that David Gerleman found the documents at the National Archives in Washington. Gerleman is assistant editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project.

He found the paperwork in several battered volumes. They contained Lincoln's official signed pay and mileage accounts with check numbers, date of issue, amounts and miles traveled.

One entry shows Lincoln collected about $2,000 in salary for January through August of 1848. He received an additional $1,300 for travel.

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