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Abraham Lincoln sprang to the presidency from extremely humble and tragic roots. His father, Thomas, and his mother, Nancy, were both illiterate. When Abraham was young, he had a sister who died as an infant and a brother who died as a boy. When Abraham was nine years old, his mother tragically died, leaving him in the care of only his father, who, within the year of his wife’s death, remarried a widow, Sarah Bush Johnston. Sarah was extremely kind to Lincoln and encouraged his developing love of reading, giving him three books, a treasure of immeasurable value to a boy who loved to read in a place where books were scarce (nps.gov). Because of the financial state of the family, Lincoln was forced to self-educate, and in 1836, Lincoln had educated himself so well that he was eligible to become a lawyer. The very same year, Lincoln moved to Springfield, Illinois, and became a lawyer, working for John T. Stuart (White, pp. 71, 79,108). Lincoln was such a gifted attorney, that only ten years after entering the field, he was elected into the United States Congress. However, in 1849, he left congress in the hope that he would receive an appointment from the Taylor administration because of his tireless promotion of the election. He was, however, denied any position, and returned to his law firm where he worked with great fervor (Lamb, Swain, pp. 3-10). Lincoln worked tirelessly as a lawyer until he ran for the presidency in 1858. After losing the election to his rival, Stephen Douglas, he decided to run again in 1860. Lincoln won the 1860 election. As a result of him being elected, and his open support of black rights, the Southern states seceded from the Union, leaving Lincoln with one of the hardest presidencies in American history (...


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...n myself” (Goodwin, pp. 639-40). The thing which differentiates Lincoln from most politicians was his ability to make the correct decision, regardless of how it would affect his prospects of reelection, or how it would affect him as a politician.
Abraham Lincoln was one of the only United States Presidents who managed to go from rags to riches, and probably the only president who kept his standards and his humility. Abraham Lincoln was so successful because he was able to surround himself with experienced men who gave him good advice, rather than supporters who would agree with his every whim. When faced with difficult decisions, he chose the correct decision, rather than the one which would determine his chance of reelection. These qualities which Abraham Lincoln exhibited were the two qualities which made him a great president of the United States of America.



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