* When somebody starts comparing you to Lincoln, you can either politely demur or just go with the flow. Frerichs went with the flow…
Although Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is a Democrat, when he was visiting the La Salle County Farm Bureau office in Ottawa on Monday, it was readily apparent he bears some resemblance to Republican Abraham Lincoln.
His height and new beard would seem to be similarities — but only to a point, he says.
Frerichs is 6-foot 8-inches while Lincoln was 6-foot 4-inches. But, he says, Americans today are on average three to four inches taller than they were in Lincoln’s time.
“If Lincoln had been born today, he probably would have reached his full potential of 6-feet 8-inches,” Frerichs told The Times.
Also, Frerichs noted his full beard is different than Lincoln’s chin curtain style, where the mustache is shaved.
However, Frerichs agrees there are similarities in that both are tall and lanky and grew up in Central Illinois.
* And here he is…