About Abraham Lincoln

Birth Information1st grade picture
Abraham Wesley Lincoln was born October 25, 1934 in the small village of Gordon, Ohio just as the clock began to strike 12 Noon. His parents were Lurton Clarence Lincoln and Vivia Elizabeth [Ballengee] Lincoln. The midwife was Emma Schoenfelt. Abraham weighed 10.5 pounds at birth.

Namesake
Abraham is President Lincoln's third cousin three times removed.

Military Service
Abraham entered the US Army in 1953 and took basic training at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. He completed clerk typist school at Camp Breckinridge and was the company clerk of the
101st Airborne Division's 2nd Regimental Combat Team - destination Korea.

Aboard the troopship, U.S.S. Breckinridge, orders were changed and by the time he arrived in Honolulu, his new destination was Yokohama, Japan. From the Camp Drake Replacement Depot. From there Abe was sent to Sapporo, Japan in November 1953 and he began wearing the 1st Cavalry Division shoulder patch. He was transferred to Sendai in April 1954 and became a member of XVI Corps which was one of the early Corps in the area. After the XVI Corps was retired all members began wearing the IX Corps patch at Camp Sendai.

Abraham was transferred to Camp Schimmelpfennig and became a member of the famous 1st Cavalry Division and 5th Cavalry Regiment.

While in the 5th Cavalry, he was a member of the assault team that retraced the landing on Iwo Jima ten years earlier. Abraham left Japan in  April 1956 and returned to the United States.

While Abraham was in Japan, he took hundreds of photographs. Those photos are the foundation of his famous Sendai, Japan Web Site that has been repeatedly written about in the Kahoku Shimpo newspaper and shown on Miyagi Television in Sendai, Japan. It is a fabulous photographic essay that records the history of Sendai-shi.

Research and Development NCR
After his discharge, Abraham worked in Research and Development at the National Cash Register Company from 1957 to 1967. His work was related to Data Card Readers, Lunar Shelters, Rescue Beacons, Thermal Printing, Micro-encapsulation, and electronic warfare vehicles used in Vietnam.

Hobbies
After his return to civilian life Abe was constantly involved in oil painting, drawing, and wood carving. He won many awards and sold many works of art that hang in board rooms, and lobbies of buildings around the country. He also illustrated numerous magazine articles for national publications.

Author
He has written more than two dozen books and most have been used on the college level in this country and abroad. One, The Buffalo and Indians,  was written entirely by hand and bound in leather, and it won an international award. One of his first workbooks has sold over one million copies.

Teaching
After attending classes at the University of Cincinnati, Abraham became a school teacher in 1967/68 and taught until 1976 when he went into full-time business at home working on calligraphy products and services.

Wall Street Journal
A story about him appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in 1978. He is the only local businessman who has ever been written about in the WSJ.

Television Series
Abraham did a thirteen week television series partially sponsored by Parker Pen Ltd. that was shown on PBS stations in the United States and on The Learning Channel in other countries.

Videos
He was among the first calligraphers to produce educational videos and workbooks for scribes and calligraphers-to-be. He also invented numerous products still used by calligraphers including the split nib marker and the polymer gilding medium.

Web Site Designer and Developer
He currently operates a Web designing service: Whiz Bang Graphics in Brookville, Ohio.