The nineteenth century American politician James Shields famously challenged who to a duel?

Answer: Abraham Lincoln. Offended by articles attacking him in a local newspaper, Shields challenged Lincoln in 1842. The pair agreed to duel on an island in the Mississippi River, and Lincoln selected cavalry broadswords of the largest size as the weapons. Fortunately, however, the two reconciled shortly before the duel was due to take place.

Source: A. Lincoln, Esquire by Allen D. Spiegel

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