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By Willard Sterne Randall

Historians rank Abraham Lincoln as considered one of America's maximum presidents, having led the state throughout the slaughter and sorrow of the Civil battle. he's additionally considered one of history's such a lot tragic figures, wasting his lifestyles to an assassin's bullet simply days after attaining his long-sought victory at the battlefield. right here, during this short-form booklet by way of historians Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, is Lincoln's inspiring and heartbreaking tale.

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In 1841, when he took a steamboat trip on the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, to St. Louis, Missouri, the thirty-two-year-old Lincoln lost any mixed feelings he still had when he saw a group of slaves “chained six and six together . . ” It pained him to know that they were “being separated forever from the scenes of their childhood, their friends, their fathers, and mothers. . ” In 1841, however, he took a distinct antislavery stand in an appeal before the Illinois Supreme Court. He argued successfully in Bailey v.

Accepting would have effectively ended his political career, so he declined. Returning to Illinois to practice law, Lincoln was successful, and his firm’s practice became increasingly profitable. Lincoln’s earnings doubled in the 1850s as he represented railroads and businesses, playing an ever more prominent role in Illinois. As one of the state’s leading attorneys, he “rode circuit” from town to town, trying hundreds of cases over a 400-mile swath in eight counties. He also demonstrated an enormous capacity for work, drafting all his legal papers in his own hand.

Lincoln, ten years older than Mary, was also sixteen inches taller. The two had much to talk about: Both worshipped Henry Clay and the poetry of Shakespeare, and they could quote both at length. In October 1842, Lincoln asked Mary to marry him, presumably meeting her two requirements: that her marriage must be a love match and that her husband let her go to the theater as often as she liked. The union took place on November 4, 1842, in the parlor of the Edwards mansion. It was a rainy day, and Elizabeth botched baking the wedding cake, but the two hardly noticed as Lincoln slid the ring engraved “Love is Eternal” on Mary’s finger.

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