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Abraham Lincoln Birth Anniversary: All you need to know about the 16th president of the United States!

Today, the world is celebrating the 213th Birth Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln (12th February 1809) who made quite the name in the 1860s in the US when he became the 16th president of the country. He preserved the Union during the American Civil War and brought about the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.

Among American heroes, Lincoln is still one of the popular figures that people look forward to. His life story is inspirational and his assassination is something that still shakes the nation like how in India we can’t still easily grip the fact that Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. In his memory, the Lincoln Memorial was built in Washington D.C on May 30 1922; It will be 100 years soon after the memorial was built.

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Born in the small town of Hodgenville, Kentucky, he was taken to a farm in the neighbouring valley of Knob Creek when he was 2 years old. His father Thomas Lincoln was a descendant of a weaver’s apprentice who had migrated from England to Massachusetts in 1637.

He began his political career, later on, he was a lawyer first. He and Herndon were great law partners and started their law business together in Illinois. They split their profits whenever either of them was paid. He had 4 children, all boys and had left most of their upbringing to their mother.

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During his single term in Congress (1847–49), Lincoln, as the lone Whig from Illinois, didn’t pay attention to legislative matters. He proposed a bill for the gradual and compensated emancipation of enslaved people in the District of Columbia, but, because it was to take effect only with the approval of the “free white citizens” of the district, it displeased abolitionists as well as slaveholders and never was seriously considered.

During the Civil War, Lincoln was not ashamed to accept that he preferred to react to problems and the circumstances rather than plotting policies and layout long-range designs. He wrote, “I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.” His guiding rule was: “My policy is to have no policy.” He was a practical man, mentally flexible and if one action or decision of his didn’t bear positive results, he was willing to experiment with another.

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Here are some of his inspirational quotes that still stay alive with us:

  • Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
  • Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves
  • Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

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