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Blunt in Hughes County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Mentor Graham

 
 
Mentor Graham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2016
1. Mentor Graham Marker
Inscription.
Mentor Graham
the man who taught
Abraham Lincoln
died in
this house on
October 4th, 1885

Erected 1950 by Guy Barnes family

 
Erected 1950 by The Guy Barnes Family.
 
Location. 44° 30.748′ N, 99° 59.441′ W. Marker is in Blunt, South Dakota, in Hughes County. Marker is on Pierre Street (198th Street) (U.S. 14) west of Commercial Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of the highway, just west of Commercial Street. Marker is in this post office area: Blunt SD 57522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. You are now on the 100į Meridian (approx. half a mile away).
 
More about this marker. A driveway and the subject house are located just north of the marker.
 
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Also see . . .
1. William Mentor Graham. Graham became intimately involved as Abraham Lincolnís teacher in New Salem, Illinois, where Graham ran the only schoolhouse.
Mentor Graham Marker (<i>wide view looking west along US Highway 14</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2016
2. Mentor Graham Marker (wide view looking west along US Highway 14)
Graham stated that Lincoln came to live with him for a six-month period in February 1833. The “semiliterate schoolmaster” aided Lincoln in the study of arithmetic and grammar. Mentor Graham stated, “No one ever surpassed him in rapidly, quickly and well acquiring the rudiments and rules of English grammar.” Mentor Graham, James Rutledge, and Lincoln also participated in the New Salem debating club. (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. William Mentor Graham. Abraham Lincoln's Tutor, Mentor Graham, as he was known to the locals, was born in Kentucky to a poor farming family. He had a great thirst for knowledge and was the star student at the village school. By the age of 16 he was the headmaster. Graham taught Lincoln surveying, mathematics, reading, writing and Shakespeare. The two men enjoyed walking the woods and discussing events of the day. Not only was he a teacher he was also Lincolnís friend. Later, he would move to South Dakota with his family where he would get back into farming as he acquired 160 acres. Although he died in South Dakota he would later be reburied in New Salem, Illinois. (Submitted on October 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Mentor Graham House (<i>wide view; located north of marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 20, 2016
3. Mentor Graham House (wide view; located north of marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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