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History's top 12 dads

By: Inc. on June 21, 2011, 10:22 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln reads with one of his sons and Barack Obama helps one of his daughters steer a boat.

Photo: Anthony Berger/U.S. Library of Congress (left); Peter Souza/White House (right)

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History has its share of bad dads. Consider Russian czar Ivan the Terrible, who beat his pregnant daughter until she miscarried. When his son confronted him about it, Ivan struck the younger man's head with a staff, killing him. But let's look on the bright side. Here's a list of historical dads who did right by their kids. 

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