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Museum puts 1840 newspapers edited by Abraham Lincoln online

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is making copies of a campaign newspaper edited by Lincoln and other politicians available online for the first time.

In a news release, museum officials say The Old Soldier was published between February and October 1840 to support William Henry Harrison’s presidential campaign. It was published from the Springfield offices of the Sangamo Journal.

The 18 copies of the newspaper were split between four libraries and museums.

But the Lincoln museum’s Center for Digital Initiatives was able to compile a complete set from those collections and put them online.

Daniel Stowell is the center’s director. He says: “The Old Soldier is a unique resource for the study of Abraham Lincoln as a young political operative.”