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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

President Lincoln and Patronage

When Abraham Lincoln sent aide John G. Nicolay in July 1860 to confer with an anxious Indiana politician, he wrote out instructions that stated: "Tell him my motto is ‘Fairness to all.' But commit me to nothing." Nicolay added: "When, in the following Decembe...

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Speech at Springfield, July 17, 1858

Delivered, as indicated by the heading.
Senator Douglas not present
FELLOW CITIZENS: Another election, which is deemed an important one, is approaching, and, as I suppose, the Republican party will, without much difficulty elect their Stat...

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

General Grant's Promotion

The appearance of General Ulysses S. Grant at a March 8, 1864 White House levee turned the event into near bedlam. Grant had already caused a near-riot at Willard's Hotel when his presence was revealed about 9:30 P.M.. The crowd at the Tuesday levee in the East ...
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

Anson G. Henry (1804-1865)

"My acquaintance with Mr. Lincoln began in 1834 in Springfield Ills. and I was in almost daily intercourse with him from that time up to 1852, when I emigrated to Oregon," wrote Dr. Anson G. Henry two months after President Lincoln's murder.1 Although ...

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Buffalo to Albany, February 18, 1861

"The train bearing the President-elect left Buffalo at a quarter before six o'clock this morning. He was accompanied to the depot by Company D of the Seventy-fourth Regiment. Notwithstanding the early hour several hundred people were present to bid Mr. Lincoln fa...

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln was an original. "Mrs Lincoln is like no human being I ever saw. She is not easy to get along with, though I succeed pretty well with her," wrote one Federal official who had frequent dealings with her.1 Mary Todd Lincoln was descri...

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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 21, 1864 President Lincoln reviews more than 70 court martial cases. He writes General George Meade about one man: “This case is submitted to Gen. Meade to be disposed of by him, under the recent order upon the subject.” He adds: “If Gen. Warren has recommended the discharge of this man, let him be […]...Read More
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