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Happy Presidents Day!

By February 18, 2013

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While Presidents Day celebrates George Washington's birthday (February 22, 1732), it's worth noting that here in North Carolina, we have a connection to a few other Presidents - two at least and possibly four. James K. Polk was born in Pineville (November 2, 1795), and Andrew Johnson was born in Raleigh (December 29, 1808). There's actually a little controversy over a few others.

Andrew Jackson was born in the Waxhaw area near the border between North and South Carolina on March 15, 1767. His parents lived in North Carolina but historians debate on which side of the state line the birth took place. Officially, Jackson claimed South Carolina as his birth state - saying he was born on an uncle's plantation there. Historians say that he may have claimed to be a South Carolinian simply because the state was considering nullifying a tarriff that he opposed, and he was actually born on another uncle's plantation - in North Carolina.

Probably the most controversial (and let's be honest - least likely) theory is that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina. Essentially, the story there goes that Lincoln was born about an hour west of Charlotte in the town of Bostic. Some claim that Lincoln was the illegitimate son of a woman named Nancy Hanks, and that a man named Thomas Lincoln was hired to take her and her infant to Kentucky, where Lincoln married her and claimed the child as his own.

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