Who was Abraham Lincoln's hired substitute in the Civil War?

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    As president, Abraham Lincoln was not subject to the draft. However, he decided to hire a soldier to serve in his place. This was a common practice for respectable men who were unable or unwilling to serve in the Union Army. John Summerfield Staples was the soldier who served in place of Abraham Lincoln. Staples was 20 years old. Lincoln paid the young substitute $500 to serve in his place. Source: LincolnStudies.com

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