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Hillary Clinton Makes a Mistake About Abraham Lincoln

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton answers a question at the 2014 National Council for Behavioral Health Conference at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Clinton spoke about mental health, political, and social issues during her talk. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Speaking Wednesday in Chicago as part of her book tour, Hillary Clinton let slip a bit of a historical inaccuracy.

The former secretary of state gave Abraham Lincoln credit for holding a job that the Great Emancipator never actually held: that of U.S. senator.

"I actually write about Rahm in the book," WLS-AM reported Clinton as saying. "It was in the very first chapter, the chapter I rightly call 'Team of Rivals' because that's what it was in the beginning. A senator from Illinois ran against a senator from New York just as had happened way back with a senator from Illinois named Lincoln and a senator from New York named Seward. And it turned out the same way."

As WSL-AM pointed out, Lincoln was never elected to the U.S. Senate — he famously lost to Stephen A. Douglas after the Lincoln-Douglas debates.

This story has been updated.

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