Greatest Leaders of All Time
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It takes a man with a vision to lead a country during it’s bad times, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of USA, led the country through the US Civil War. He strived hard and did his best to keep the people of the country together or else, today, America would have been many smaller countries instead of one big country.
Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught Illinois lawyer and legislator with a reputation as an eloquent opponent of slavery, shocked many when he overcame several more prominent contenders to win the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 1860. His election that November pushed several Southern states to secede by the time of his inauguration in March 1861, and the Civil War began barely a month later. Contrary to expectations, Lincoln proved to be a shrewd military strategist and a savvy leader during what became the costliest conflict ever fought on American soil. His Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed all slaves in the rebellious states and paved the way for slavery’s eventual abolition, while his Gettysburg Address later that year stands as one of the most famous and influential pieces of oratory in American history. In April 1865, with the Union on the brink of victory, Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed by the Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth; his untimely death made him a martyr to the cause of liberty and Union. Over the years Lincoln’s mythic stature has only grown, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in the nation’s history.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.-Abraham Lincoln
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. -Abraham Lincoln