President Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. Although he was said to have disliked manual labor in his youth, he truly grew into his role as one of the men in the family by the time he reached his teens. One constant through his life, though, was his love of reading, which led him to be more or less self-taught on most subjects.
When he was 23 he served valiantly as a captain in the Black Hawk War, a brief conflict between the U.S. and Native Americans. After he returned from war, Lincoln became a lawyer, later a congressman, and finally in 1860, he was elected the 16th president of the U.S.
As the first Republican president, he led the Union to victory and successfully ended the Civil War to preserve the nation. He played a key role in the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and on January 1, 1863 Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which led to total abolition of slavery in the U.S.
Lincoln was a very courageous man of great principle. He believed in truth, respect, strong alliance, integrity, honesty, equality and courage. The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Thomas S. Monson, said “Courage becomes a living and attractive virtue when it is regarded not as a willingness to die manfully, but the determination to live decently.” Lincoln proved to the world that it is possible to be a great and righteous leader.
This is a photo of a young Lincoln from the Mercury One historical collection. Photo courtesy of Mercury One.
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