Lincoln impersonators rub gangly elbows in Ohio

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 12, 2013 17:45 hrs

Ohio is being transformed into the Land of Lincoln this weekend.

About three dozen Abraham Lincoln impersonators from around the U.S. are convening in Columbus for their 19th annual convention. The get-together will also feature some Mary Todd Lincolns.

On Friday night, they will gather for a local high school production of "Our American Cousin," the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington in April 1865.

These are good times for tall, gangly, bearded men who get hired to portray Honest Abe at schools and various events. They say the Steven Spielberg movie about Lincoln has increased demand for their services.

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