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[F.D. Grant submits a number of anecdotes U.S. Grant had omitted from his autobiography:] Just after receiving my commission as lieutenant-general [9 March 1864], the President called me aside to speak to me privately.
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"I believe the declaration that ‘all men are created equal’ is the great fundamental principle upon which our free institutions rest...."

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Abraham Lincoln and Family Relationships

1: This Springfield lawyer and friend of Mr. Lincoln who was the father-in-law of Ward Hill Lamon.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

2: This New Hampshire Senator was the father of a young woman who had an affair with John Wilkes Booth.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

3: This Iowa Senator became the father-in-law of Robert Todd Lincoln. He was about to become Interior Secretary when President Lincoln was murdered.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

4: This Union general and Missouri congressman was the brother of Lincoln’s first Postmaster General. Both were hot-tempered.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

5: This son of Lincoln’s Secretary of State was assistant secretary of state and was nearly killed on the same night that President Lincoln was assassinated.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

6: This Rhode Island Senator married Kate Chase, the daughter of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase – in a major society event of the Civil War. Their marriage was a disaster.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

7: This Maryland Congressman was persistently promoted for a Cabinet position in 1861 by his cousin, David Davis. He later became a persistent critic of the President’s reconstruction policies.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

8: This cabinet secretary’s decision to appoint his brother-in-law to oversee procurement at the beginning of the Civil War led to continuing conflict with New Hampshire Senator John P. Hale, who oversaw his department.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

9: This Illinois Senator was the brother-in-law of Dr. William Jayne, a Lincoln friend appointed Governor of the Nebraska territory.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

10: This assistant secretary of the Navy was the brother-in-law of the Postmaster General.
A.  B.  C.  D.  E.  F.  G.  H.  I.  J.

  1. Henry Winter Davis
  2. William Sprague
  3. Gustavus V. Fox
  4. Frederick Seward
  5. James Harlan
  6. Lyman Trumbull
  7. Gideon Welles
  8. Stephen T. Logan
  9. John P. Hale
  10. Francis P. Blair, Jr.

Lincoln & Churchill
They were different men with different backgrounds and very different leadership styles. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill lived through remarkably comparable challenges in cataclysmic wars separated by a mere eight decades. Brilliant writers and communicators, Churchill and Lincoln unified and rallied their nations in order to defeat well-armed challengers whose social ideologies held little respect for human liberty and dignity. Theirs are the stories we tell here of great leaders. Let them inspire a world still in need of their extraordinary leadership.

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Lincoln "by littles"
by Lewis E. Lehrman
Excerpts from Lincoln "by littles":

"Abraham Lincoln seldom got the chance to go to school. He went to school "by littles," he said, and received fewer than 12 months of schooling."

"In the untrammeled interior of the mind s eye, young Lincoln followed his unrestrained desire to explore new intellectual worlds, even the world of American history, of politics, of law. There, in the frictionless world of thought and fantasy, young Abraham Lincoln found the freedom, the vocation, the solace he yearned for, unshackled from the irremediable, unrequited, hard labor of farmer and village artisan."

"Mr. Lincoln made American politics not only a struggle for personal power and prestige, but instead, a campaign of just ideas, a battle of first principles, a vindication of right-minded policy."

"The self-tutored lawyer from Illinois could not understand those 'don't care' politicians, such as Senator Stephen A. Douglas, who pretended indifference to involuntary servitude."

"For Lincoln, there could be no retreat from the fundamental principles of the Declaration of Independence."

"Lincoln was ambitious to use government to good effect. Government, he said, should enable men and women to do the things they cannot do, or do so well, for themselves in order to develop their freedom, their future, and their country."

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Lincoln at Peoria
The Turning Point
by Lewis E. Lehrman
Book review from author Jay Winik, from The National Review

"Throughout Lincoln at Peoria, Lehrman shows a journalist's eye for the telling detail. [Stephen A] Douglas spoke with 'polished elegance' while Lincoln spoke with a 'thin, high-pitched' voice. Lehrman also demonstrates a scholar's appreciation for the ambiguities surrounding Lincoln. He quotes one womam's asking upon Lincoln's election, 'Is it certain Mr. Lincoln is an uncompromising anti-slavery man?' And finally, Lehrman keenly appreciates the poignancy of his story: We see Lincoln strolling in Springfield with a colleague in 1849, when the friend ruefully observes, 'Lincoln the time is coming when You & I would have to be Democrats or Abolitionists'.

"Lincoln at Peoria is a marvelous hybrid of a book. Beyond the narrative and an extensive analysis of the speech itself, Lehrman draws out the rest of Lincoln's career, his political resurrection and America's political realignment, the coming of the war and Lincoln's surprise election as president, and his presidency itself, never losing sight of that magical moment at Peoria when Lincoln became Lincoln. Lehrman's editorial hand is light, and he is careful to judge Lincoln by the standards of his own day, rather than of ours. He also goes to great lengths to quote succeeding generations of distinguished Lincoln scholars. In this sense, more than simply a fascinating exegesis, Lincoln at Peoria stands as a rich resource for scholars."

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