USF: LincolnA. Lincoln was how he signed his name. I took American History from him twice: (first) up to, and (second) since The Civil War. I also completed one of his favorites Personalities in the History of American Foreign Policy. The title gives a clue to his view that history is biography. We understood he spent summers with his wife touring Civil War battlefields and Illinois collecting Lincoln memorabilia. They probably had hair and toenail clippings. He was tall, pudgy, balding, weak-chinned. He lectured carefully, softly, high-pitched. He usually stared at the ceiling and continually wrung his hands. He must have really hated the fact that his first name was Ashbrook.