A Faux, A Drama, A Convenience: Abraham Lincoln aka The Greatest President Of The USA Till Date!
A Faux, A Drama, A Convenience: Abraham Lincoln aka The Greatest President Of The USA Till Date!

A Faux, A Drama, A Convenience: Abraham Lincoln aka The Greatest President Of The USA Till Date!

elizabeth - August 22, 2016

Can you talk about the American political history without mentioning the 16th president? Certainly not!

From ‘Honest Abe’ to ‘Father Abraham’, Lincoln is by far the most chanted, mighty and finest president that America has ever witnessed. Sheer hard work, honesty, and determination, in spite of initial failures, kept him going in the long stretched journey of his political career. Read on to find out why he is still the best—greatest president of the USA till date!

Lincoln’s early life

On a bright sunny Sunday of February 12th, 1809, the county of Hodgenville in Kentucky welcomed the birth of one of the greatest men in the history of America, Abraham Lincoln. His parents, Thomas and Nancy Hanks were members of the Baptist congregation that came into being after oppositions were raised against slavery in another church.

Only after seven years, Abraham along with his family moved to Southern Indiana. He attended most of his schooling in Indiana with sister, Sarah. At the age of 9 years, Abraham lost his mother Nancy to a poisonous disease that affected her after consuming milk from a cow that ate white snakeroot. However, Abraham was too young to be deeply affected by her demise, so when his father married a second wife, Abraham was happy to welcome a new mother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln.

As Abraham grew up, in all he spent less than 12 months at school and did not attend college at all. He was more interested in farming and reading. His love for reading books took him miles away to borrow them. This was, very unlike Thomas Lincoln, who was extremely opposite in nature. This led to a rocky relationship between the father and son.

Adulthood: First step towards the political journey!

In 1831 the Lincoln’s moved to Coles County, Illinois fearing the milk sickness that had swept like a wildfire in Southern Indiana. By the age of 22, Abraham set on his own, and took up his first job of transferring goods on a flatboat from one place to another. This did not go on for a very long time, and after a year, Abraham along with his friend moved to New Orleans, where he bought a small general store along with his friend. But since the odds were not in his favor, the venture did not turn out to be profitable. The losses faced in the business led Abraham to try his luck in politics!

Due to his impressive personality and conscientiousness, Abraham was titled ‘Honest Abe’ by the people of New Orleans. With his unusual height of 6’4 and 180 pounds of weight, he was eligible to perform services in the Black Hawk War, as the captain. Meanwhile, he also took part in the assembly but proved to be unsuccessful.

After working unsuccessfully at several jobs, Abraham pursued his dreams of becoming a lawyer. He soon became an avid reader of law books to gather as much knowledge that led him to enter the field. This phase of life saw Abraham’s social skills and story-telling tactics to flourish and be useful in this matter.

In a span of about two years, Abraham was back on track with his campaign that turned out to be victorious. He then ran as a Whig under the state legislature. After a year or two, Lincoln moved to Springfield Illinois where he enrolled to the bar and practiced law under Mr. John Stuart.

In no time, Abraham’s reputation flourished as an efficient lawyer who was famous for tough at cross-examinations and arguments. On the other hand, his political career was also reaching new highs. With 4 successful years at the Illinois House of Representatives, Abraham was pictured as a man who stood up for voicing against an unpopular topic of discussion—slavery and abolitionism.

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Lincoln on his anti- slavery mission

A Faux, A Drama, A Convenience: Abraham Lincoln aka The Greatest President Of The USA Till Date!

 

The Northern US had demolished slavery and acted against the suppression of the lower class/caste. However, the Southern US state was not on the same page morally and still acted unethical and discriminatory. Lincoln was the first strong, well-known personality to stand on the issue. His effective ‘Peoria Speech’ on the matter prominently highlighted his hatred towards the monstrous injustice that prevailed in America. His speech was mainly directed towards the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which also led to his downfall.

“Well I too, go for saving the Union. Much as I hate slavery, I would consent to the extension of it rather than see the Union dissolved, just as I would consent to any GREAT evil, to avoid a GREATER one. But when I go to Union saving, I must believe, at least, that the means I employ has some adaptation to the end. To my mind, Nebraska has no such adaptation.”

It was his take on slavery that displayed the demand for ‘free soil’ and ‘liberty’ and gave the face to the new Republican Party. In 1856, at the Republican National Convention, Abraham was placed second for the position of vice president of the party.

Presidential triumph

During the 1860s, Abraham organized a political campaign in Illinois to gain support for his presidency. He surpassed will-known personalities and opponents such as William Seward of New York and Salmon of Ohio at the Republican National Convention. It was not surprising when Abraham won the elections, given that his powerful take on slavery, national infrastructure, and tariff protections were all popular amongst the masses. Abraham alone had achieved a total of 180 electoral votes out of the 303.

NOVEMBER 6, 1860, the US welcomed its 16th president—Abraham Lincoln.

He was the first ever president of the Republican Party. His cabinet comprised of influential political representatives, such as William Seward, Salmon Chase, Edward Bates and, Edwin Stanton.

At the office as President

His time in the office as president was not a bed of roses. Mainly, when he refused to recognize the confederacy, declaring the secession as illegal, and to make it worse, the confederate was joined by Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and other places. The invasion of the Fort Sumter led to the most deadly and costliest war in America’s history.

With 75,000 volunteers and imprisoning of suspected confederate supporters, Abraham still met with dead ends on all the sides. Crushing and losing against the opponents seemed like an unrealistic task. He was thought to be stubborn by the Copperheads for supporting anti-slavery, while he was intensely criticized for moving slowly in eradicating slavery by the Radical Republicans.

Re-elections: A doubt?

With the worst war in the history of the US, the civil war, and the unstable economic condition, it looked like Lincolns re-appointment as the president was at stake. However, his charismatic personality, hard work coupled with a mastermind plan and support from his fans, led him to be sworn as the next president in 1865.

The dramatic assassination

Even though the fire from the civil war was put to an end, the smoke still remained. John Wilkes Booth, aka the assassinator of Abraham Lincoln, was a secret agent of the Confederate.

Interestingly, John had first decided to abduct the president, but Lincoln’s speech on anti-slavery and giving blacks the right to vote changed his mind. Booth now resolved to assassinate the second time president.

On one fine day, during the screening of ‘Out American Cousin’ at the Ford Theater, Lincoln had decided to go and watch the play, along with his First Lady.

Coincidently, Abraham’s regular bodyguard was not at service, and he was replaced by John Parker. The new bodyguard left Abraham unattended for a while to join the drivers for a drink during the interval. This created an opportunity for Booth to capitalize on. Without wasting any time, Booth took out his gun and shot brutally at point-blank range at Abraham’s head. He soon escaped after killing the president.

Farewell from the world

A Faux, A Drama, A Convenience: Abraham Lincoln aka The Greatest President Of The USA Till Date!

 

After surviving for 9 hours in coma post the attack, the greatest president in the history of America, on the 15th of April 1865, was announced dead.

Lincoln’s tomb is situated at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, USA. The capital city has the ‘Lincoln Memorial’ in his honor. It is the most visited memorial around the world.

 

 

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