Lincoln’s Wisdom

In honor of Abraham Lincoln‘s 201st birthday, we offer this little piece from NAR’s Archives.  It was originally published in the Feb. 10, 1958, issue of Realtor Headlines:


With the approach of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday—Feb. 12— much of the world will remember with appreciation and affection his kindly wisdom, and humility. We are indebted to Realtor Clifford McKibbin, Lansing, Mich., for the following anecdote illustrating his discernment:

An 1860 client of Lincoln’s had come into the possession of some real estate in satisfaction of a judgment, and wrote to the future President apparently asking that his law firm take care of it. To this, Lincoln replied: ‘As to the real estate, we cannot attend to it; we are not real estate agents, we are lawyers. We recommend that you give the charge of it to Mr. Isaac S. Britton, a trustworthy man, and one whom the Lord made on purpose for such business.’

That letter is clear evidence that even at an early date a powerful and clear-thinking mind such as Lincoln’s recognized the separate professional nature of real estate as apart from the law. As we honor Lincoln, let us validate his judgment.”

Frederik Heller

Managing Director of Information Services at the National Association of REALTORS®.

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  1. Great thing to share! Thank you.