Abraham Lincoln Biography
Few presidents have inspired the nation more than Abraham Lincoln did during his term in office that saw him gain the respect of millions with his legacy of emancipation for all as he drew on the statement "all men are created equal" from what was previously signed into the 1776 declaration of independence.
In what was the most challenging political period in U.S. history he took the bull of slavery by the horns and with it subjected his young country to the bloodiest civil conflict in North American history. The south rose up against the government over the proposed abolition of slavery demanding secession from the Union of states who led by Lincoln stood their ground to fight and win a war that would reverberate around the world for the right reasons of liberty for the individual.
In 1863 during the height of the hostilities he stood on a platform to give a short speech which was meant as an addendum following the main speaker of the day Edward Everett and he delivered what is now known as the Gettysburg Address using just 271 words in what has become the most iconic speech in American history. Remembering the fallen during the Battle of Gettysburg he referred to the declaration of independence by saying: "our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal".
True to his word in 1865 the Confederate forces of the South surrendered and 4 million slaves had gained their liberty. As a man he was a calm, cool and collected leader who was a loyal servant to the state without holding the airs, graces and arrogance that can be associated with positions of power. When he took the reins of power he brought a sincerity to the highest office that had not been seen before, he was honest and to the point but he also had an abundance of common sense that rarely saw him make a bad decision.
It earned him the moniker Honest Abe that even his enemies begrudgingly admitted was an apt nickname. He treated everyone with the same respect and even in the most tense moments of political stress he kept his nerve while many around him were losing theirs. He was a humble but revered statesman in every sense who had attained the highest office through success that was brought on by his integrity and from his decisive decision making throughout his journey to the top.
He brought about a change for the betterment of mankind but this also created many enemies opposed to this change and consequently he paid the ultimate price as an assassins bullet cut him down on 14th April 1865 just five days after the Confederate surrender. With this cowardly act Lincoln became the first U.S. president to be assassinated and in many ways it consolidated the Unions victory as it sent shock waves of grief through the country which resulted in a determination to honour the resolve their president had shown through his policies of emancipation.
He was a well read man who wrote all his own speeches and he is often cited as the greatest U.S. president ever. An eloquent speaker he was good for a quick quip also so here is my compilation of 25 of the best Abraham Lincoln quotes
Quotes About Abraham Lincoln
Senator Charles Sumner referred to his Gettysburg Address speech with great reverence:
"The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech"
The U.S. senator Chauncey Depew described him thus:
"The characteristic which struck me most was his superabundance of common sense. His power of managing men, of deciding and avoiding difficult questions, surpassed that of any man I ever met"
Martin Luther King Jr. was inspired to say:
"Love transforms with redemptive power. Lincoln tried love and left for all history a magnificent drama of reconciliation"
The abolitionist Frederick Douglass sensed the fairness in his demeanour:
"He treated me as a man... He did not let me feel for a moment that there was any difference in the colour of our skins"