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"Your stirring presence as Abraham Lincoln certainly elicited a positive dimension to several residents.

May God bless you and your wife for sharing such a beautiful talent"

--Schu Montgomery, Twinbrook Ind. Living

Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States who "Saved Our Nation".

Lincoln's Guiding Principle: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and love thy neighbor as thyself; all the laws of the prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37-38.

Abraham Lincoln was born in a one room dirt floor log cabin and had a total of nine months of formal schooling - humble beginnings to an historic finish.

Quotes that speak to the heart of the man:

"If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong."

"The Bible is the greatest gift God ever gave to man"

"I would rather lose my life than to lose a star on the American flag."

"This government can not endure half slave and half free; it will become all one thing or all the other." (House Divided Speech)

"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the union, it is neither to destroy nor continue slavery."

" With malice toward none and charity for all, lift and let up on your fellow man whenever possible."

"I have an irrepressible desire to know that the world will be a little bit better off for I have lived in it."

"Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be."


Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it....We must not be enemies, we must be friends."

Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun. --Excerpt from the official presidential biography; for more visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/al16.html

For a detailed timeline of Lincoln's life and service, visit http://www.historyplace.com/lincoln/