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by Lewis E. Lehrman
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Lincoln "by littles":

"The self-tutored lawyer from Illinois could not understand those 'don't care' politicians, such as Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who pretended indifference to involuntary servitude."

"For Lincoln, there could be no retreat from the fundamental principles of the Declaration of Independence."

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Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

The Funeral Train of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds at 7:22 P.M. on Saturday, April 15, 1865. Teenager Henry B. Stanton, who had frequently visited the President with his father, made his way to the Petersen House before the body of Abraham Lincoln was removed to the Executive Ma...

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Speech at Springfield, June 26, 1857

Stephen A. Douglas spoke about Utah, Kansas-Nebraska Act, the unrest in Kansas and the Dred Scott decision to an audience in Springfield in June 1857. Mr. Lincoln was present. Two weeks later, he replied. Historian Douglas Wilson wrote in Lincoln Before Wa...

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Residents and Visitors

Over two thousand persons entered the White House after President Lincoln's inauguration on March 4, 1861 to attend the Lincolns' first reception. Hundreds more departed in frustration before they reached the door. Many more left in frustration, according to a...
Abraham Lincoln:
The Impact on the War, Part A
Abraham Lincoln:
The proclamation, Part A
Abraham Lincoln:
New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Richard Yates (1815-1873)

"I recollect the first time I ever saw Old Abe, and I have a great mind to tell you, though I don't know that I ought to," recalled Richard Yates. He was on a vacation granted by Illinois College so students could help with their families' harvest. " It was more ...

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

1864 Presidential Election

Lincoln Biographer Benjamin Thomas recalled "the cabinet member who, returning from New York, informed the President of the discouraging state of politics there. Pacing grimly back and forth across the room, Lincoln finally observed: 'Well, it is the people's busi...

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass led an unusual life. Born Frederick Bailey in 1818, Frederick Douglass was never sure of his father's identity although it seems certain that his father was white and possibly was his owner, Thomas Auld. Douglass had little contact with his mo...

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by Lewis E. Lehrman

They were big men. George Washington was 6-foot-3. Abraham Lincoln was almost 6-4. Their ambitions were equally big -- first for themselves, and then for the nation they would lead.

As young men, both future presidents trained as surveyors at periods when Americans were preoccupied by the development of the frontier and the acquisition of land. Historian John Ferling wrote: "Starting around age fifteen, George learned surveying through self-help books, such as `The Young Man's Companion,' and it is probable that he was tutored by some of the surveyors employed by the Fairfaxes." In his search for self-improvement, 16-year-old Washington famously wrote out the rules for life and behavior from "Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation." That pursuit would continue the rest of his life.

Surveying helped define both men. In 1834 Abraham Lincoln was named as a deputy surveyor of Sangamon County in Illinois; George Washington had been appointed as Culpepper County surveyor in 1749. Ferling observed that, "surveying ... was a respectable and often lucrative occupation in Washington's Virginia, as the population was growing and new frontiers were opening steadily."

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Lincoln at Peoria

Lincoln at Peoria
The Turning Point
by Lewis E. Lehrman
Lincoln at Peoria explains how Lincoln's speech at Peoria on October 16, 1854, was the turning point in the development of his antislavery campaign and his political career and thought.


April 17, 1864 From Washington Territory a letter is sent to President Lincoln: “The charges against Superintendent [of Indian Affairs] Calvin H.] Hale are all false Do not remove him If necessary let him come & defend Send answer.”   President Lincoln is preparing for a short address in Baltimore the next day....Read More
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