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By Willard Sterne Randall

Abraham Lincoln ranks as considered one of America's maximum presidents. right here, during this short-form ebook, is his inspiring tale, in addition to classes for each chief.

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The closest Lincoln came to fighting was when he arrived after a battle and helped bury scalped and mutilated bodies. Out of the militia and still out of work, Lincoln heeded his friends’ advice to run for the Illinois General Assembly. He arrived home from the war only two weeks before the 1832 election, which meant he had a little time to campaign. Lincoln’s New Salem neighbors gave him 277 of their 300 votes, but the twenty-three-year-old candidate took a county-wide drubbing. Two years later, he tried again and won.

As one of the state’s leading attorneys, he “rode circuit” from town to town, trying hundreds of cases over a 400-mile swath in eight counties. He also demonstrated an enormous capacity for work, drafting all his legal papers in his own hand. In the 1855 case of Clark & Morrison v. Page & Bacon, involving St. Louis bankers, Lincoln drafted a forty-three-page document in one sitting. His clients rarely lost. “I Cannot But Hate It” Circuit riding kept Lincoln away from home for twelve weeks every spring and fall, leaving Mary behind with their growing boys (sadly, Eddie, their firstborn, had died of tuberculosis just short of his fourth birthday) and a servant in the same cramped quarters where they had lived for a dozen years.

Lincoln hosted his favorite actors and singers. T. Barnum’s circus acts received an invitation. A Home Shrouded in Grief As part of the White House renovations, the Lincolns walled off the south part of the ground floor, providing privacy for the president and his assistants. He was rarely seen during the day by the crowds - mostly of soldiers - that milled through the public rooms. He used the servants’ rear stairwell that took him from the family quarters and offices to a basement entrance. Mary Lincoln insisted that he ride with her each day for fresh air and distraction from his duties.

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