Abraham Lincoln by Willard Sterne Randall

By Willard Sterne Randall

Abraham Lincoln ranks as one in all America's maximum presidents. the following, during this short-form booklet, is his inspiring tale, besides classes for each chief.

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In October 1842, Lincoln asked Mary to marry him, presumably meeting her two requirements: that her marriage must be a love match and that her husband let her go to the theater as often as she liked. The union took place on November 4, 1842, in the parlor of the Edwards mansion. It was a rainy day, and Elizabeth botched baking the wedding cake, but the two hardly noticed as Lincoln slid the ring engraved “Love is Eternal” on Mary’s finger. The newlyweds moved into a $4-a-week furnished room in the Globe Tavern, the smallest space Mary had occupied since her days in her school’s dormitory.

In February 1862, to boost morale in the capital city, Mary Lincoln decided to throw a ball for 500 guests under the three colossal chandeliers in the magnificently renovated East Room, to celebrate George Washington’s one-hundred-thirtieth birthday. Amid wartime scarcity, she ordered platters heaped with quail, duck, partridge, turkey, beef, and oysters. For dessert, there was a cake shaped like a fort and spun-sugar confections. Half of Washington was delighted to attend; the other half was furious at the extravagance, including most of the press corps.

Fremont, a military officer and celebrated explorer of the West. In the ensuing presidential campaign, Lincoln made more than a hundred speeches throughout Illinois on Fremont’s behalf, emerging as the politician most vehemently opposed to slavery spreading into the West. But Fremont lost the presidency to the Democrat James Buchanan. Still a gradualist on abolishing slavery, Lincoln believed that a sudden break with the past would endanger the Union. S. S. citizens and thus had no rights under the Constitution and that Scott, a former slave who for twelve years had lived as a free man in Illinois, must be re-enslaved and returned his master in Missouri.

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