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Woman Sues For Unpaid Civil War Loan

Usually stories about people suing over wasteful problems annoy me to no end, but this story isn't exactly irritating — it's just down-right bizarre! I picture 77-year-old Joan Kennedy Biddle pitching her outrageous suit to her lawyer, with the attitude that she has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Biddle found a Civil War dated IOU from the City of Tampa to her great-grandfather, and decided that the city needs to honor its word and pay back the then $300 loan — which today would be worth about $23 million. She told NPR that she's going after the debt now because, "It's better late than never." And I'm sure millions wouldn't hurt, either. The city has some pretty strong fighting words working for it, like the fact that the loan was payable in now non-existent Confederate dollars.


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