Abraham Lincoln Institute Abraham Lincolns Life Lincoln Politics

Lincoln Speaks

Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation, an exhibition co-organized by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, will be on display at the Morgan Library & Museum, January 23 through June 7, 2015. More than eighty items from his remarkable life--speeches, letters, legal writings, personal notes, and more--will be on view. Read reviews on Lincoln Speaks in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

A complete online version of the exhibition, along with supplemental materials, is available right here on abrahamlincoln.org.


Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln In Depth

Abraham Lincoln and Technology

Abraham Lincoln had a curious mind – he liked technology and natural mysteries. Judge David Davis recalled that Mr. Lincoln “had a good mechanical mind and Knowledge.”1 Attorney Henry Clay Whitney recalled one night when the two lawyers were on the…

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

House Divided Speech

“Douglas is working like a lion. He is stumping the state, everywhere present and everywhere appealing to his old lieges to stand by him. Never did feudal baron fight more desperately against the common superior of himself and his retainers.” So reported Chester P. Dewey of the New York Evening Post on the…

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Jessie Benton Frémont (1824-1902)

Jessie Benton Frémont was the wife of Major General John C. Frémont and the daughter of former Senator Thomas Hart Benton. She received a practical education in politics as well as a first-rate schooling for a young woman of her…

DAILY ABRAHAM LINCOLN BLOG

November 30, 1864 Attorney General Edward Bates writes: “I resigned my office of Atty Genl. [of the] U.S. to take effect No 30, 1864, having served just 3 years and 3/4. Some months before[,] I made known to the President my wish to retire as soon as he should be reelected [...]...Read More
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Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
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Abraham Lincoln:
The Impact on the War, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
The proclamation, Part A

Abraham Lincoln:
New Years Day Reception

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

Abraham Lincoln & Friends

George Ashmun (1804-1870)

Ashmun performed many useful services for President Lincoln but claimed never to have sought a patronage position in his government. He was, however, detailed on a special assignment to…

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

The 1863 Draft Riots

The draft riots stemmed from many causes — not the least of which was the way that violence had been employed for political reasons in the past three decades. But the proximate cause was the fact that New York City…

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Lincoln's Contemporaries

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas

A hero requires a worthy antagonist. Stephen A. Douglas was that antagonist for Abraham Lincoln in the period from 1854 to 1861. The struggle between Lincoln and Douglas was a struggle of values and public policy that had an lasting impact on the country. Douglas…

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They were big men. George Washington was 6-foot-3. Abraham Lincoln was almost 6-4. Their ambitions were equally big — first for themselves, and then for the nation they would lead.

As young men, both future presidents trained as surveyors at periods when Americans were preoccupied by the development of the frontier and the acquisition of land. Historian John Ferling wrote: “Starting around age fifteen, George learned surveying through self-help books, such as `The Young Man’s Companion,’ and it is probable that he was tutored by some of the surveyors employed by the Fairfaxes.” In his search for self-improvement, 16-year-old Washington famously wrote out the rules for life and behavior from “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” That pursuit would continue the rest of his life.

Surveying helped define both men. In 1834 Abraham Lincoln was named as a deputy surveyor of Sangamon County in Illinois; George Washington had been appointed as Culpepper County surveyor in 1749. Ferling observed that, “surveying … was a respectable and often lucrative occupation in Washington’s Virginia, as the population was growing and new frontiers were opening steadily.”

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