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THE

PIONEER BOY,

AND

HOW HE BECAME PRESIDENT.

BY

WILLIAM M. THAYER,
AUTHOR OF "THE BOBBIN BOY,
** "THE PRINTER BOY,”

THE POOR BOY
AND MERCHANT PRINCE,

“WORKING AND WINNING,"
"TALES FROM GENESIS IN TWO VOLUMES," ETC.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by

WALKER, WISE, AND COMPANY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts

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Presswork by John Wilson and Son.

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PREFACE.

TAT

HAT a boy, reared in a floorless log-cabin of

the West to twenty-one years of age, should work his way, by dint of perseverance, into the legal profession, and finally become President of the United States, is a fact of sufficient importance to justify the inquiry, how it was done. This humble volume answers that question, by telling the story of his early life, and pointing out the elements of his success. The imagination has done no more than connect facts gathered from authen

tic sources.

While the chief object of the book is to show how its hero won his position, it brings out, incidentally, the manners and customs of the times and section of the country in which he was reared.

The author has intentionally avoided the provin

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cialisms, and that singular perversion of the English language, that characterized the poor people of Kentucky and Indiana forty years ago.

Real names are generally used in the work. In some instances, however, where objections to such a use seemed to exist, fictitious names are employed.

To the persons, residing in five different States, who have promptly and cordially assisted the author, during the past year, in collecting materials for the work, he gratefully records his thanks.

W. M. T.

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