Life Of Lincoln (volume 1): Lincoln, the citizen.

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byHenry Clay Whitney

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV ATTAINMENT OF THE PRESIDENCY The choosing from forty to sixty millions of people, embracing hundreds of men of known and recognized ability and fitness for the place, one of their number to be the conventional head of the Army and Navy and Civil and Executive departments of government, as well as the social head of the nation, is controlled by destiny. The will of the individual alone is powerless to bring him to the exalted station. However, a statesman, sufficiently astute, may place himself in the road of destiny. Had Mr. Lincoln not entered the political arena in 1854, or at some later period, he would have been unknown even to destiny; that goddess does not make a President out of a simple country lawyer or a local politician. The candidate for this high office must align himself with the national spirit and movement of the time. Even Zachary Taylor won some comparatively petty victories at Palo Alto and Buena Vista. Had political merit and logical deduction decided the question in 1860, Seward would have been President in 1861; indeed, guided by that list, there were several who would have been preferred to Lincoln, for, tested by business methods, he certainly should not, and would not, have been chosen. And even after he was chosen, the heart 354 of the loyal American people sank in dismay, as his rapid and vacuous speeches en route to the inauguration, revealed an apparent feebleness incompatible with the giant task that was then on his hands. I doubt if any man on earth thought seriously of Lincoln as a possible President on the morning of May 29, 1856. The only position he had held, which is deemed a stepping-stone to that unique place, was that of Congressman for one term, and in that place he achieved no eminence, but the reverse--indeed, it would seem as if...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV ATTAINMENT OF THE PRESIDENCY The choosing from forty to sixty millions of people, embracing hundreds of men of known and recognized ability an...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217234542

ISBN - 13:9780217234542

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