Essay Embellishments

Inspiring Life of Abraham Lincoln


On the side of Lord

During the early period of the American Civil War, a minister exhorted Lincoln, ‘Let us have faith Mr President, that the Lord is on our side in the great struggle.’

To this Lincoln quietly replied, ‘I am not at all concerned about that, for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right; but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that as I am, this nation may be on the Lord’s side.

Bearing the anger of a valuable man

Old Dennis Hanks was once sent to Washington by these people who wanted to have the men accused of being copperheads released from jail. They thought Old Dennis might have some influence with the president.

President Lincoln heard Dennis’ story and then said, ‘I will send for Stanton. It is his business.’

Secretary Stanton entered into the room, stormed up and down and said that the men ought to be punished more than they were.

Lincoln sat quietly in his chair and waited for the tempest to subside, and then quietly said to Stanton that he would like to have the papers the next day.

When he had gone, Dennis said, ‘Abe, if I was as big and ugly as you are, I would take him over my knee and spank him.’ The president replied, ‘No, Stanton is an able and valuable man for this nation, and I am glad to bear his anger for the service he can give to the nation.’

Abraham Lincoln’s failures 

Here is a list of the failures of Lincoln  

       Lost job, 1832

       Defeated for legislature, 1832

       Failed in business, 1833

       Elected to legislature, 1834

       Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835

       Had nervous breakdown, 1836

       Defeated for Speaker, 1838

       Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843

       Elected to Congress, 1846

       Lost re-nomination, 1848

       Rejected for Land Officer, 1849

       Defeated for Senate, 1854

       Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856

       Again defeated for Senate, 1858

       Elected President, 1860


Source: Mastering Essay & Answer Writing for UPSC Civil Services IAS/ IPS & State PSC Main Exam [Dr. Awdhesh Singh]

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