Jim Getty as Abraham Lincoln
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Gettysburg Address: Life as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator

Seven score and 10 years ago, US President Abraham Lincoln delivered the now famous Gettysburg address, as he sought to bring a divided nation together.

When commemorations of the 1863 speech are held in the Pennsylvania town, it will be a local resident who reads out the famous words.

The appropriately named Jim Getty is a professional Abraham Lincoln portrayer. He spoke to the BBC about the role of a lifetime.

Produced by the BBC's Allen McGreevy

First Person is a series of video features published every Monday on the BBC News website which tell the stories of unique individuals from all walks of life in their own words.

  • 18 Nov 2013
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