Today marks the 150th anniversary of one of our nation’s most important and famous speeches: President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
In 1932, a Pennsylvania congressman requested that a stamp be issued the following year to honor the 70th anniversary of President Lincoln’s famous speech. Officials at the Post Office Department told him they’d consider requests after January 1, but the 1933 program included no such stamp.
It took a joint resolution of Congress on June 19, 1948, authorizing and directing the Postmaster General to issue the long-overdue stamp on November 19 of that year, even if it did celebrate the Gettysburg Address on a most unexpected anniversary: its 85th.
Although the exact wording of the Gettysburg Address is still debated, everyone agrees that it took President Lincoln only about 2 minutes to deliver it. Incredible.