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Abraham Lincoln is remembered for changing the course of American history. His greatest contributions include uniting a divided nation and putting a decisive end to the practice of slavery.

In addition to the changes he was able to implement, he is well-known for his oratory, in particular, the Gettysburg Address.  History professionals or Lincoln enthusiasts can view — even purchase — some of his documents and other historical items from the Raab Collection. These pieces can not only be a part of our country’s past, but they can also be a part of the future. Lincoln stands in a select group of our country’s past presidents. Unlike modern Presidents who have a team of professional speechwriters and read off a teleprompter, Lincoln came up with his own ideas, crafted his own words, and spoke from memory.

In fact, for generations, American schoolchildren have been introduced to Lincoln’s remarkable life by memorizing the Gettysburg Address. It is believed to be the finest piece of oratory ever delivered by a leader to a nation.

Many historians view him as the greatest President ever to lead the United States.

The Greatest American President

Here are six primary characteristics historians have traditionally used to determine the quality of a presidency:

  • ·  Leadership skills
  • ·  Accomplishments
  • ·  Crisis management
  • ·  Political savvy
  • ·  Appointments
  • ·  Character and integrity

Using this criteria, Abraham Lincoln is at the top of the list compared to many other illustrious American presidents.

The following presidents are generally considered the most memorable presidents of the United States because they led the nation through the most critical times:

  • ·  Franklin Roosevelt
  • ·  George Washington
  • ·  Theodore Roosevelt
  • ·  Thomas Jefferson
  • ·  Andrew Jackson
  • ·  Woodrow Wilson
  • ·  Harry Truman
  • ·  John F. Kennedy

While there is no doubt that all these presidents accomplished remarkable things, they don’t measure up to Abraham Lincoln.

He even compares more favorably than George Washington or Franklin Roosevelt.

George Washington may have liberated the nation from the British, but he lacked political savvy. If it were not for Benjamin Franklin, the French would never have funded the American Revolution.

Franklin Roosevelt, who led the United States during World War II, did not have as much character and integrity. Although married, he had two mistresses.

Based on the judgment of historians, Abraham Lincoln excelled in every measure applied to judge the value of a presidency.

Winning Over a Divided Nation

Theoretically, Lincoln’s assassination by Confederate sympathizers could have turned the tide for the South. The intent of the assassination was to send the Union government into a state of chaos–but, Lincoln’s words and deeds as a President had so impressed the nation, winning over hearts and minds, that even when he died, the force of change that he had set into motion could not be stopped.

Lincoln’s Canonization

After his assassination, he was immediately canonized as the greatest president of his time.

At that time, extravagant eulogies were the norm and Lincoln was compared to Jesus Christ, hailed as a self-made man, praised as the liberator of slaves, and worshiped as the savior of the Union. He was even referred to as “Father Abraham” and a “Masterpiece of God.”

The Greatest American Activist

While historians don’t elevate Lincoln to the mythic proportions ascribed by popular culture, they still accord him a high level of respect and praise.

Lincoln catapulted the presidency into a powerful position. As the commander-in-chief and the chief executive, he made the President more powerful than the Constitution allowed, acting without congressional approval or the consent of the court. His unilateral action included spending $2 million, expanding the army and navy, and declaring the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Lincoln declared that the nation was in a state of emergency, and it was nonsensical “to lose the nation and yet preserve the Constitution.”

In retrospect, if he had relied on the designated power of the presidency, he would not have been able to preserve the Union, vindicate democracy, abolish slavery, and grant all citizens equal rights. The drastic executive authority of the President that he seized did not continue after his death.

A More Subtle Legacy

Lincoln overcame impoverished beginnings. He was self-educated and taught himself grammar and oratory to become a lawyer. He struggled as a lawyer and a politician, witnessed the death of his 11-year-old son, and suffered from overwhelming depression. Despite all these trials and tribulations, both private and public, he saved the union and freed the slaves. He was a humanist in a world where man’s inhumanity to man was considered the norm. He embodied the virtues of humility even at the height of his powers.Consequently, another legacy left behind by Lincoln was of a more personal nature.


Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving because he declared it a national holiday in the Fall of 1863. So, in a very tangible way, he continues to inspire generations of Americans on how to practice gratitude and other virtues.

President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – one of the most famous speeches in US history – is celebrating its 150th anniversary on November 19.

An Abraham Lincoln impersonator will read the remarks at the Pennsylvania cemetery where the civil war leader spoke.

President Abraham Lincoln gave his speech more than four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union troops beat the Confederacy, in a turning point for the war.

About 235,000 people commemorated the battle’s anniversary in early July.

Abraham Lincoln gave his speech on November 19, 1863, as he dedicated the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, where thousands of Union soldiers were laid to rest.

The brief oration, delivered as the nation fought for survival, is admired for having distilled the essence of American ideas on equality, liberty and democracy into just 10 sentences.

As every American schoolchild knows, it begins with the words: “Four score and seven years ago.”

President Abraham Lincoln gave his speech more than four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union troops beat the Confederacy

President Abraham Lincoln gave his speech more than four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, when Union troops beat the Confederacy

Civil War historian James McPherson and US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell are due to speak at Tuesday’s commemoration.

The ceremony begins with a wreath-laying event at the cemetery.

There will also be a graveside salute to US Colored Troops at noon, and a tree-planting ceremony in the afternoon.

Abraham Lincoln’s speech, a mere two minutes, envisioned “a new birth of freedom” for America out of the ashes of the war between the southern slave-holding states and the northern states.

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here,” Abraham Lincoln said of those who fought the battle, in which as many as 50,000 soldiers were killed or wounded.

“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.”

The headline speaker that day was actually the former Massachusetts Governor Edward Everett, whose two-hour, 13,000-word monologue has since been all but forgotten.

Abraham Lincoln’s subsequent comments were initially overlooked.

Indeed, a local newspaper, the Harrisburg Patriot and Union, dismissed the address as “silly remarks”.

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Dana Leland, of Rhode Island, used fake $100 bills depicting Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin.

As any schoolchild, or really anyone who has ever handled money in their life, knows, Honest Abe’s visage graces the $5 bill.

According to police, the Central Falls man used the fake banknotes on three consecutive days to buy items such as socks worth less than $25 at a Target store in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Police caught up with Dana Leland on Wednesday in Rhode Island after an officer in his hometown recognized him from a surveillance photo released by law enforcement agencies, according to The Sun Chronicle.

Dana Leland, 29, was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty in Attleboro District Court to three charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.

He reportedly has a record of similar crimes in Rhode Island. His attorney, Lynn Porecca, said her client has struggled with drug and alcohol problems and untreated mental health issues, and had a relapse.

Dana Leland used fake $100 bills depicting Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin

Dana Leland used fake $100 bills depicting Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin

Dana Leland is due back in court December 11.

Amazingly, this is not the first time that someone has tried to pass off a fake $100 bill with Abraham Lincoln’s face on it as the real thing.

In February 2008, a man was arrested in Mesa, Arizona, for doing just that while trying to buy a watch with two phony $100 note, KPHO-TV reported at the time.

The store owner tried to let the uninformed crook, 37-year-old Scott Martin, down easy, telling him that Lincoln is not on the $100 note, but the man became enraged, forcing the owner to Taser him.

While being treated by first responders, Scott Martin admitted that he had swallowed a bag of meth before going shopping.