I Will Study and Prepare

I will study and prepare
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“I will study and prepare, and someday my opportunity will come.” – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln (1861 – 1865) also known as “Honest Abe,” is considered as one of the greatest presidents of the United States. In his term as the 16th U.S. president, he built the Republican Party into a strong organization, preserved the Union, and brought about the emancipation of slaves.

Lincoln emerged from a humble beginning but strived to make a name for himself largely through self-education. He was a lawyer, a Whig Party leader, and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives before he got elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1846.

Despite his significant contributions to the rapid modernization of the economy, running for office became a challenge because of his unpopular convictions. He was remembered for his powerful oratorical skills which made for a series of highly publicized debates with his rival, Democrat Stephen Douglas, but he ultimately lost the U.S. Senate race for the major reason that he spoke against the expansion of slavery.

Eventually, he was elected president in 1860—much to the chagrin of southern slave states. A year later, a Confederate attack prompted a bloody and costly civil war that lasted for four years. Undaunted, he proved to be a tough military strategist and a strong leader. Four and a half months after the defeat of the Confederacy, he delivered the Gettysburg Address, which remains to be one of the greatest and most influential statements of national purpose that he himself carefully crafted.

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