Abraham Lincoln would be declared the honorary governor of Idaho Territory on Feb. 12, when the state celebrates the famous president’s 200th birthday and unveils a newly relocated historic statue of Lincoln in front of Idaho’s state capitol, under a resolution that just passed the Idaho Senate on a unanimous voice vote; it now heads to the House. Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said Lincoln once declined an offer to be governor of Oregon Territory, which then included much of the region, including present-day Idaho. Lincoln also has other ties to Idaho, including helping create the Idaho territory, helping select its name, and naming many of its first officials. “We will declare Feb. 12, 2009 to be a day in which Abraham Lincoln of Illinois is declared to be honorary governor of the Idaho territory,” Davis told the Senate. “We are hopeful that Oregon and Idaho and Washington and Montana will pass similar resolutions, and those are pending.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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