Billiards started as an elite game for high society. By Lincoln's time it had spread to common taverns and saloons and was associated with drinking and gambling. Lincoln's wartime critics caricatured him as a shiftless billiards player, likening the presidential mansion to "an enlarged edition of an Illinois bar room"
Lincoln was known to play billiards. He evidently played it with lawyers and townsfolk in various halls and taverns along the judicial circuit. While awaiting news of his presidential nomination he went to an "excellent and neat beer saloon" to play, but found the tables occupied. Watching Lincoln play billiards was apparently entertaining, his unorthodox form and style was amusingly "awkward.: Though not of championship caliber, he was reportedly no worse than the average amateur. Nevertheless, as president he once demonstrated a trick shot to a bemused official. With the aid of a pen, hat, and inkstands spread atop a common table, he showed how a skillful player could "strike a ball on one side and hit a ball on the opposite side of the hat without touching the hat.
|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:19pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 273110 N 4409104|
|Decimal Degrees||39.80166667, -89.65021667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 48.1', W 89° 39.013'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 48' 6.00" N, 89° 39' 0.78" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 400-498 E Washington St, Springfield IL 62701, US|
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