. . . Yet one more museum: 'Lincoln slept here'

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A vacant Sterling [Illinois] home that once played host to Abraham Lincoln will be restored and turned into a museum. The Sterling Rock Falls Historical Society has purchased the home in northwest Illinois.

Lincoln slept in the house in 1856 when he was a 47 year old lawyer. Lincoln was visiting Sterling to speak on behalf of John C. Freemont, the first presidential candidate for the Republican party.

At the time, the house was owned by William Manahan, who was the Whiteside County sheriff. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair.

Preservation officials say volunteers will renovate the building and decorate it in 1850s style.

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