Tradition also relates that he added to his list of stories and jokes humorous imitations from the sermons of eccentric preachers.
But tradition has very likely both magnified and distorted these alleged exploits of his satire and mimicry.
All that can be said of them is that his youth was marked by intellectual activity far beyond that of his companions.
It is an interesting coincidence that nine days before the birth of Abraham Lincoln Congress passed the act to organize the Territory of Illinois, which his future life and career were destined to render so illustrious.
Another interesting coincidence may be found in the fact that in the same year (1818) in which Congress definitely fixed the number of stars and stripes in the national flag, Illinois was admitted as a State to the Union.
The Star of Empire was moving westward at an accelerating speed.
Alabama was admitted in 1819, Maine in 1820, Missouri in 1821.
Little by little the line of frontier settlement was pushing