Lincoln, Abraham, 1927, Biographical Sketch
OF ALL the Presidents, Lincoln literally and figuratively was "the first American," the first President to be born beyond the boundaries of the thirteen original States, with no traditions of a colonial or Old World origin. For years inconsolate over the death of Ann Rutledge, he was for a long time reckoned as a shiftless failure. Because of his obvious honesty, however, he was elected to the State legislature, where his only distinguishing accomplishments were his stand against slavery and his declaration for woman suffrage. Nominated for the Presidency in 1860 because he was the least known man in the list of candidates, and therefore, supposedly the least dangerous, his ardor for the Union soon won him the loyalty and hatred of opposing forces to such a degree that he was forced to enter Washington for his inauguration surreptitiously. He had his own dark presentiments, and the night before his assassination (only a month after his second inauguration in 1865) dreamed that he was in a strange ship moving toward a dark and indefinite shore.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 17.
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