Born in Hardin County, Kentucky Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States of America. He was known for his eloquent speeches. Lincoln served as the president between the year 1861 and 1865. He conserved the union during the American civil war bringing out the liberation of the slaves (Judson 450). As he grew up, Lincoln made extra-ordinary effort to learn how to read write and cipher. He did this while he was working on the farm. In his early year, he had already attained leadership skills. He was captain in charge in the black hawk war. He later on became a legislature and worked in courts for a number of years.
Life and Marriage
Born in the wilds of Kentucky, Lincoln started practicing farming at the age of three. He was from a very humble background. His father Thomas Lincoln was a descendant of the generation of weavers who were known to have traveled from England to Massachusetts. He virtually had no education. This made him later become a lawyer. Abraham Lincoln was married to Mary Todd and they were blessed with four sons but only one lived on childhood. His marriage to Mary Todd is described to be honest and with dignity. He was quite interested with politics at an early age. Lincoln formed partnership with his colleague and friend William Hemdon. He worked on his legal career for a good time.
After his marriage, Lincoln opted to focus his political ambition between the years 1847 and 1849, as a member of the US House of Representatives. As he became a legislature, Lincoln’ view of slavery changed and he opposed the notion. He had realized that the state of Texas had become a slave territory. He thought that the expansion of this barbaric act was penetrating to other parts of the country. Lincoln felt that slavery was the opposite of opportunity and it made people to be less mobile in their thoughts, having declared his political opposition about it early 1837.
Lincoln returned to politics in 1855 by vying for the senator seat in the US. He however noticed his unwise move and opted to support Lyman Trumbull instead. In two years, he was on the run for senatorship against Douglas. In his nomination, Speech Lincoln gave his view on a nation without slavery. He strategically ran along Douglas to campaign in the heated debates. Since his ideas on slavery were not linked with Douglas who had majority support. Lincoln lost the senate seat.
The lawyer was interested in politic for the second time in 1854; he was caught up in the wrangle over slavery and its rights. In his speech that he offered at Springfield, Lincoln addressed the issue of slavery; he attacked the compromising ideas about slavery, he invoked his democratic ideas (Henderson 80). He later realized that his emotions were taking hold of him. In 1856, he chose to run as a republican, but he retained his opposition on slavery, with the belief that he would win both the conformists and the non-conformists. He stood against his archrival Douglas for the senatorship position. His eloquence in speeches earned him the people’s votes. Lincoln believed that slavery was a social evil and a prejudice.
In the year 1860, Lincoln had made his first appearance into politics. He was well known to be a presidential candidate. He was a man of desirable qualities. He then won the presidential seat as a republican and formed a very strong cabinet. He included his political rivals to his cabinet. During the civil war, Lincoln was acknowledged for his dynamic actions as the commander in chief. He was often on the contrary of what the constitution states and his military commanders point of view (Roberts, Donald, Daniel, Doug, Dwight and Richard 107). He was known for his idealistic thoughts. He won re-election in 1863; his political rivals threatened his alliance when they deserted their political alliance. He addressed the issue of forgiveness when he made the plea with the south to arise from the ashes. In his legacy, Abraham Lincoln survived to see the end of the civil war. It was on the fateful day of April 14 that he was shot while he attended a performance at the Ford’s theatre. The next day Abraham Lincoln died. His death was a moment of grief even to his opponents.
Death and legacy
Even after his death, Lincoln was known as an object of exaltation. Lincoln has been forever known for his legendary acts despite his flaws that were acknowledged. Lincoln standouts in his diplomacy, he was of noble vision and had the spirit of great humanity. In his memory, we have painting, sculptures and many forms of art that appreciate the legion of Abraham Lincoln. In his life, Lincoln had struggled to explore the struggles that he faced. He struggled to solve the basic problems that were facing the liberation rights of the Americans. He believed that a nation that believed in the equal rights of people could not allow in equality and discrimination of other (Grant and Parish 62). This stood out as one of Lincoln’s life achievements. He strives in the constitutional crisis that was during the civil right war.
The Lincoln Memorial Monument
In memory of Abraham Lincoln sits a memorial monument in honor of his life achievements. In memory of the seven southern states that were seceded when Abraham Lincoln became president. During his tenure, four more states were seceded. Abraham approved for many other democratic rights for the people of America Grant and Parish 62). Two years after his murder, members of the congress formed an alliance after him known as the Lincoln Monument Association. His main objective of the group was to form a memorial that was to be dedicated to the late president. Despite the thought, it was until the 1901 that a suitable site was identified. It was until 1911 that a bill signed by President Taft funding the memorial construction with 2 million US dollars for it.
In the design that was based in1914, a design architect Henry Bacon began working on the construction of the sit. A Greek temple was with thirty-six Doric columns. It is a memorable monument with each column representing a state of the union at the time of Lincoln’s death. The monument was later completed in May 1922. They had expanded by the time the monument was constructed; it was expanded with other 12 more pillars and so at the monument stands 48 states engraved outside the wall of the memorial monument. Another two other plaques were added after Alaska and Hawaii were named as states.
In the temple stands a large sculpture of the late president Abraham Lincoln on a chair. On the wall are inscriptions of her inaugural speech on the southern wall. Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural speech is considered one of the best American speeches. In the temple on the wall is a sign of an angel showing the freedom given when the he opposed slavery. Today the Lincoln memorial is normally used for political use mainly. This includes politically rallies; in this temple too was where Martin Luther King delivered his speech “I have a Dream.” This memorial has truly served the American people. The site of the memorial park is sustained by the national park service (Roberts et al. 107). It is opened on a daily basis from 9.am until midnight but specifically closed on Christmas day. There is tight security around the memorial therefore making parking very limited around this location
Lincoln the Poet
Lincoln was also a renounced poet; his works include poems like My Child Home I See Again. Lincoln is known to have shred most of these pieces with his friend Andrew Johnston. He published a few of his poems. As he shared with his friend Johnston, Lincoln recalls writing the poem My Child Home I See Again based on a lad he grew up with. He went to the same school though he was older than he was. This boy was bright but at the age of nineteen, he became mad and that slowly progressed to temporary insanity. In this case, in his poetic mood Lincoln wrote a poem on his friend’s condition.
Lincoln still affects contemporary society today. One of his major accomplishments was his declared role model to many Americans and even to the generations to come. His high personality represents set principles to the emerging leaders in this country. He is well known for his bright quotations that are often used by the most politicians around the world. He is termed as the wisest president in America. His leadership skills laid a foundation, and attained a higher platform for the presidency. Most presidents have quoted his leadership skills, quoting his speeches. His leadership skills are not domineering but contrast from that of the laissez-faire style.
He had a unique way of handling issues, this is seen in his way of solving disputes with his advisors .He was always telling a story to show the demonstrative perspective in solving issues. In most cases, this method worked to his advantage, earning him respect and admiration. He had many character traits that included wisdom, kindness, humility and compassion. He was even nicknamed Father Abraham for the qualities he possessed. His rise to the top was seen in his sheer ambition and his works. He virtually had no education and spent less than 12 months attending schools as a youth growing up on the frontier. His early education is seen to have many difficulties but he managed to self educate himself. He earned the legislature post despite him not going to college.
His fight to uphold the union and his belief in maintaining the unity amongst the union made the civil war end. This strengthened the states in the U.S.A not to split into many countries but remain united. Lincoln embraced his duty as president to protect the union from falling apart. His strength and actions were not immortalized even after his death. The power in his speeches and letters always reach out to a majority even today (Grant and Parish 62). He is advocated for as a good president, friend and good leader. His accomplishments assured his continuing legacy.
America cannot get enough of Lincoln. He is justified for his actions, especially in this economic crisis times. His greatness continues to be emphasized. Each year millions flock into the memorial and appreciate the immortal words engraved into the walls. However, others term Lincoln as a racist despite his opposition on slavery. Most scholars argue out so many negative things about him including his sexual orientation. He was termed gay, an atheist, a crybaby, a tyrant, depressed and many others. The critical and most realistic thing is that Lincoln remains admirable. His good deeds outweigh his flaws. His flaws make him have the human nature in depicting him more of a hero (Henderson 78). As much as the story gets complicated about Abraham Lincoln, we still see his morals.
In summary, Lincoln had his priorities right when he advocated for the union to be formed. He made a success of the civil war with him as the commander in chief. He issued the emancipation proclamation that gave way to the freedom of slaves. He set a good example of a good leader with noble character, honest and always was a role model to presidents that succeeded him. His great speeches and quotes are some of the immortal memories that Americans hold close to date. The man of humble origin still runs in the mind of many Americans and in other parts of the world as a successful leader.
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