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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
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Abraham Lincoln – 12 February 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States. He was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809 and died on the morning of April 15, 1865, after having been shot in the head the night before at Ford’s Theater in Washington.

Remembered as one of the world’s truly great men, Lincoln’s leadership preserved the American Union. War only made Lincoln believe more strongly that democracy is the best of all forms of government. He never hated anyone, and never wanted revenge. Lincoln had great power as President, but he never lost touch with the common people. He said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” He passed the test “with flying colors,” as the saying goes; and millions of people knew him as “Honest Abe.”

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington was dedicated to him in 1922.

To read many of the quotations attributed to Abraham Lincoln, visit:

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