Essay and Answer Writing

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

Abraham Lincoln

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