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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

The Funeral Train of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln died from his wounds at 7:22 P.M. on Saturday, April 15, 1865. Teenager Henry B. Stanton, who had frequently visited the President with his father, made his way to the Petersen House before the body of Abraham Lincoln was removed to…

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

Abraham Lincoln & Freedom

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Mr. Lincoln wrote to Senator Douglas on July 24, 1858: “Will it be agreeable to you to make an arrangement for you and myself to divide time, and address the same audience during the present canvass? Mr. [Norman B.] Judd, who will hand you this, is authorized to…”

Abraham Lincoln's White House

Abraham Lincoln's White House

William Henry Crook (1839-1915)

Washington policeman, William Henry Crook, was assigned as a White House guard starting in January 1865 and remained as a White House
employee long after the assassination. He accompanied the First Family when it went to the Richmond front in March 1865. Crook was on duty on April 14, 1865 before President Lincoln was assassinated. When the evening guard did not show up, Crook stayed on for a second shift. He did…

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

Orville H. Browning (1806-1881)

One of the mysteries of the Lincoln-Browning friendship is that Browning seemed to have so little real respect for a legal and political associate that he knew for three decades. Browning had much in common with…

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Abraham Lincoln & New York

Dunkirk and Westfield, February 16, 1861

After turning north from Pennsylvania into New York, the President’s party made a stop at Dunkirk, where, according to John Hay: “at the conclusion of a brief speech, Mr. Lincoln, placing his hand upon a flag staff from which the stars and stripes waved, said…”

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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