Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville Kentucky. He was raised in a log cabin in a poor family on the western frontier. He was home schooled and despite his poor chances of an early education he went on to become the 16th president of the United States.
He is one of the most famous presidents in American history. Much of this is due to his spirit. He was determined to succeed despite his humble beginnings and he was a self educated man and an attorney before he became the President of the United States.
Another reason for his fame is due to the fact the he was the President and a major political figure during one of America’s most bloody times, the Civil War which was a time of great political unrest both morally, constitutionally.
Lincoln was a leader in the war against slavery in his political career. He also modernized the economy of his nation and strengthened the national government during his career.
He is responsible for many acts to end slavery including using the army to protect run away slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation and his push to get the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution through the senate which permanently ended slavery in the United States.
He is also famous for his many quotes of wisdom, some of his more famous ones include:
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”
“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.”
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution.T.hat must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
This is just a collection of his more famous quotes which are still shared today and considered profound words of wisdom even in our modern world.
Abraham Lincoln died by assassination on April 15, 1865. He had served as the President for just over four years. He was shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play with his wife at Ford’s Theater.
His life has been a great and inspiring example of a man with the true spirit of patriotism and American Ideals of freedom and equality.