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Abraham Lincoln, son of a Kentucky frontiersman and sixteenth president of the United States, delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. On the occasion of the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery he gave the following address:

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war….testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated….can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a protion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate….we cannot consecrate….we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. 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. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us….that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion….that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom… and that government of the people… by the people….for the people….shall not perish from the earth.”
 ~Abraham Lincoln

I hope this portrait of Lincoln has captured some of the character of the man who has become one of the two most familiar presidents in the history of this country. His rugged features seem to reflect his humble beginnings, and the sad and serious side of his personality may have come from the troubled times in this period of war between the states.