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Abraham Lincoln by Willard Sterne Randall

By Willard Sterne Randall

Abraham Lincoln ranks as one among America's maximum presidents. right here, during this short-form booklet, is his inspiring tale, in addition to classes for each chief.

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The boys often scandalized visitors and staff members, who considered them spoiled. Tad set up a lemonade stand in the main entrance, and he terrorized stodgy visitors by pulling their beards or threatening them with attack by his pet goat. Once, using an overturned chair as a chariot, he prodded the goat to pull him through the halls and into a presidential reception. In February 1862, to boost morale in the capital city, Mary Lincoln decided to throw a ball for 500 guests under the three colossal chandeliers in the magnificently renovated East Room, to celebrate George Washington’s one-hundred-thirtieth birthday.

Once, using an overturned chair as a chariot, he prodded the goat to pull him through the halls and into a presidential reception. In February 1862, to boost morale in the capital city, Mary Lincoln decided to throw a ball for 500 guests under the three colossal chandeliers in the magnificently renovated East Room, to celebrate George Washington’s one-hundred-thirtieth birthday. Amid wartime scarcity, she ordered platters heaped with quail, duck, partridge, turkey, beef, and oysters. For dessert, there was a cake shaped like a fort and spun-sugar confections.

Like other presidential candidates of the time, Lincoln thought it undignified to campaign, and he remained in Springfield as an unprecedented four political parties battled for the presidency. Steven Douglas was the candidate of the Democratic Party, but a bloc of southern Democrats representing eleven slave-holding states had defected and nominated their own candidate, John C. Breckinridge. And the new Constitutional Union party, made up of conservative former Whigs, nominated one John Bell of Tennessee – who, thanks to the Democratic schism, won the electoral votes of three states.

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