Ludicrous perhaps, but to the point; the "rail-splitter" was not always dignified, but often judicious.
Well, I tell you: my old man is the rail-splitter, and my old master sent us to split rails, and dat is all we does.
It took me many years to find out what a rail-splitter was; but the rail-splitter's name was Lincoln, and he became my first hero.
What they seemed proudest of was that he had been a rail-splitter, for nearly all bore a fence-rail.
Here is where Lincoln gained his great reputation as a rail-splitter.
These rails have become classical in our history, and the name of rail-splitter has been more than the degree of a college.
They disliked to hear so much about "honest Old Abe," "the rail-splitter," "the flat-boatman," "the pioneer."
For six months rail-splitter was heard everywhere and rails were to be seen on nearly everything, even on stationery.
The rail-splitter of the Sangamon became the most honored and respected man of his generation.
The Democrats disliked to hear so much about "honest Old Abe," "the rail-splitter" the "flatboatman," "the pioneer."