Day 320: Profile of a Father: Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln can also be seen as one of the founding fathers of our the United States in a different way, even though he came long after the time of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. He took the country at a time when it was divided and reunited it, seeking to heal old wounds and encouraging men to give in to the “better names angels of their nature.”

Abraham Lincoln accomplished many great things in his life, such as issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, but he also faced many difficult struggles. Before he won the presidency of the United States, he’d been defeated over and over again when running for political office. His wife, Mary Todd, had serious health problems, which caused great anguish, and because of his actions, he made many enemies, one of which would eventually assassinate him as he was sitting watching a play at Ford’s Theater.

Looking back, it is clear that Abraham Lincoln was the right man for the job at the time and helped her country experience “a new birth of freedom.”


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