Harry’s 6’4” gangly
frame & craggy features, course black hair, similar shoe &
rough hand size & remarkable rugged-lean facial & body
likeness to Abraham Lincoln reluctantly catapulted him into
his future long-time role as Abraham Lincoln impersonator.
This transition occurred during Mt. Pulaski’s 125th
Sil-Tennial Anniversary Celebration in 1961.
At the urging of all & with his wife’s (Donna) help,
he began studying & researching the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Harry, with his awkward walk & stooped shoulders,
donned in his period
3-piece suit with his starched white shirt & large bow tie
complete with the signatory
stove-pipe hat left all who saw him gasping & realizing
without a moment’s hesitation as to whom he was
appeared before countless school & public assemblies over
the years, giving out pennies to the students saying, “This
is my picture on this coin”.
He appeared on the Today Show & in PM
Magazine as well as in the Associated Press book
Moments in Time.
He appeared on the same stage in 1980 with
Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan in Springfield.
“Abe” Hahn won many contests in Illinois & throughout
the United States, in addition to numerous appear-ances on
television & radio & in many newspapers & magazines
throughout central Illinois & the mid-west. To mention
two, Harry was the winner of the 1981 Lincoln Look-a-like
contest in Springfield & the 1982 Hodgenville, Ky., Lincoln
The best tribute came from Lincoln’s great-grandson,
Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith.
Using photos for a talk on his great-grandfather,
Robert actually used photos of Harry in his presentation,
later remarking that “of all the men who have portrayed my
great-grandfather, Mr. Hahn bore the greatest resemblance”.
Harry’s untimely passing on February 10, 2000, has
left many of us with heart-filled memories but nevertheless
depriving our new local, central Illinois & national
generations of his remarkable & stunning appearances &
was fitting that Mr. Hahn passed away during his final
performance before a school group.
Truly, he spent his last forty years of his life
being addressed “Abe” - not Harry Hahn.
Many photos of Harry “Abe” Hahn, including his school
basketball days, are on display in the MPTHS Museum &
Genealogical Center on the south side of the square.
Steve Hahn, Harry’s Son