Abraham Lincoln Jumped Out of a Second-Story Window to Stop a Vote


The "don't show up for work" strategy being used by Wisconsin and Indiana Democrats to deny Republicans a quorom is nothing compared to what Abraham Lincoln did to stop a vote in the Illinois legislature in 1840.

On December 5, 1840, Democrats "proposed an early adjournment, knowing this would bring a speedy end to the State Bank. The Whigs tried to counter by leaving the capitol building before the vote, but the doors were locked. That's when Lincoln made his move. He headed for the second story, opened a window and jumped to the ground!"


"For a while Lincoln's escape denied the House its quorum, but it didn't last long. He was returned to the chambers and the House voted to adjourn."

Still pretty awesome!

When Lincoln Fled [Political Wire]