Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in 1865. He led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis — the American Civil War — preserving the Union while ending slavery and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate. He was an affectionate, though often absent, husband and father of four children. After deftly opposing the expansion of slavery in the United ...
By Keorah Strain
Published:Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Faculty and students at Texas Wesleyan have taken time out to acknowledge President Abraham Lincoln's impact on the United States.
Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times, a national traveling exhibition that examines Lincoln's life, accomplishments and legacy, opened April 13 in the Eunice and James L. West Library, and will continue until May 7.
"I enjoy the fact that we have an exhibit at Wesleyan for Abraham Lincoln," said Christina Daniel, sophomore liberal studies major. "He was a great leader of our country and it's ...
Although they became friends later in life, Abraham Lincoln and Pittsburgh lawyer Edwin Stanton developed a dislike for each other during their involvement in the McCormick Reaper case.Mr. Lincoln had been a lawyer for 19 years before he was hired with Mr. Stanton, Peter Watson and George Harding to represent the Manny Co., which had been sued in 1855 by the McCormick Co. in a dispute over the patent rights of a farm tool design.Mr. Lincoln had been hired for the case not because of his experience or fame as a lawyer, but because he was inexpensive and could possibly influence the Northern ...
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Washington: He could have chosen Frederick Douglass, whose oratory he praised to his law school students. He could have evoked Martin Luther King Jr, whose dream of racial equality presaged his own election. Or Franklin D Roosevelt, who inherited an economic crisis worse than the one he will confront. Instead, Barack Obama’s inspiration is a brooding rail of a man whose election 148 years ago triggered such scorn, ridicule and threats, he had to sneak into Washington to his own inauguration. Abraham Lincoln’s journey from the unruly frontier ...
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