Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln’s mother, was a tall, bony woman known as good wrestler.

In the early 1800s, when Nancy Hanks Lincoln was in her early 20s, wrestling was a popular sport for men and women on the fronteir.

One witness described Mrs. Lincoln as “a bold, reckless, daredevil kind of woman, stepping to the very verge of propriety.”

Source: Abraham Lincoln by Thomas Keneally