Learning Lincoln On-line
A Tribute to B.F. &
Dorothy McClerren, Lincoln Presenters
. . . Being a Lincoln
Family Look-Alike Makes for an Interesting Life
The Comparison of the McClerren Family with the Abraham Lincoln Family
to the Lincoln's Tribute Home Page
McClerren has taken advantage of his astonishing resemblance to the
16th President. He appears and orates as the bearded President,
from 1860-. He says he would never consider cutting his beard, as
it would ruin his act.
WAND TV has described Mac as the best Lincoln orator in the
country. Cowden-Herrick Schools students and teachers will agree
Mac, as he like to be called (or Abe), is a retired
professor of Rhetoric and Public Speaking at Eastern Illinois
University. He obtained his PHD at Southern Illinois
University. The title Dr., is used rarely around Mac.
Mac and his wife Dorothy have appeared with my
school four times during the 2002 school year. He and Dorothy, who
an excellent and awe-inspiring version of the President and wife Mary
captivating the students. On the first visit, they visited with
class and attempted to answer the zillions of questions from grades 1-6
at both of our buildings.
When Dorothy takes on her Mary role in the McClerren
act, she becomes a "real" Mary Todd Lincoln to viewers. She tells
story of Mary as a child, as a wife of "Her Abraham," and the White
experiences, children and all. One spine tingling part of her
of Mary Todd, is when she describes the dream that Her Abraham had
someone dying in the White House. The President told her of the
and you need to see and hear Dorothy to find out "who died" and how
took this. Dorothy is wonderful and all of my girls and boys from
kindergarten through 8th grade were enthralled with full
See below of the strong resemblance of Dorothy McClerren to Mary Todd
Mac is a renowned presenter of Lincoln speeches and
He dresses exactly as the President would have, and presents many
as well as a country type of voice.
Mac came back in
May and actually helped muscle-bound Jr. High boys to build a real red
oak split rail fence. The fence is on our website, with a
special-feature link on Learning On-Line. We have our
own real Lincoln-built split
rail fence for people to admire and visiting kids to jump over during
look-alikes, study these photos of the Pre-bearded Abraham and
Mac. Then study the
photos of the McClerren son with young Jack Lincoln (Abe's grandson by
Above we see a
beardless Lincoln reading about the announcement of a new "Ford" County
in 1859. The drawing is by Lloyd Ostendorf, famed Lincoln artist
and collector, now deceased.
Above we see a
beardless (Mac) McClerren posing at the George Washington Headquarters
. . . More Resemblances to Note:
B.F. McClerren facing the real Abraham
Lincoln in a mirror image drawing of both by the famed Lincoln artist,
Lloyd Ostendorf. B.F. was the young Lincoln in the Charleston
Lincoln-Douglas Debates broadcast on C-Span.
. . .The
Mary Todd Lincoln & Dorothy McClerren, Presenters
"Mary Lincoln Presenter" of the 2002 Hodgenville, Ky Lincoln Birthplace
Presenter Dorothy McClerren
Mary Todd Lincoln, First
Lady of the United States 1861-1865
McClerren, retired 1st grade teacher, and wife of B.F. McClerren
dressed in one of her Mary Todd Lincoln Dresses, ready to tell the
story of the 16th President's Wife. Another similarity with the
original Mary Lincoln, is that Dorothy makes her own dresses as well.
Todd Lincoln, the first First Lady, so-named, of our country in one of
many beautiful gowns. She loved formal parties, and had many.
Mary had her own seamstress and could sew herself. Many
of her dresses were made for her.
One more look-alike
comparison, the grandson of Abraham Lincoln (Jack), Robert Lincoln's
and the son of B.F. McClerren (right).
Both are photographed at the same teenage period in their lives.
Young Jack Lincoln, from a photo from the Lloyd Ostendorf collection
Photo of B.F. McClerren Jr.
We thank B.F. and
Dorothy McClerren for bringing our Lincoln to life. Many of the
children think the real Abraham and Mary were here. No matter how
hard I tried to convince
many children they were actors, the resulting comment was: "They
here and I know them"
If you would like to invite
the "Lincolns" for a visit, contact them at their website: The Lincolns
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