Two-hundred eight years ago today, on February 12th, 1809, the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was born. The greatly-revered President entered this world in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. As a child he moved to Indiana, then at the age of twenty-one, he moved to Illinois (now called “The Land of Lincoln”) where he eventually became a lawyer.
In 1834, he began serving in the Illinois Legislature until 1846 when he was elected into the U.S. House of Representatives. During his legislative years he married Mary Todd and they had four sons, prior to being elected the President of the United States in 1860. When he took over office, seven states had seceded from the Union and civil war was seemingly imminent.
It’s interesting to consider how we, in the 21st century, view Lincoln compared to how many Americans viewed him 156 years ago. While he certainly had supporters, there were also many who opposed him. Negative portrayals of him were found in newspaper cartoons as well as articles…not usually something that comes to mind for many of us when we think of “Honest Abe”.
My family comes from Illinois and I had the pleasure of visiting a museum where Lincoln stayed several times and gave a speech for his campaign while running for Senate. I’ve also visited the Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Knowing the opposition Lincoln faced, it’s remarkable to see the honor him has been given to this day. It seems like history has a way of revealing the true nature of a person.
I’ve only read a few books taking place during the Civil War – does anyone have any to share?
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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!