George Washington was the first American president and the leader of the American Revolution. His life spanned from 1732 to 1799, during which he served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army and was one of America's Founding Fathers.
Abraham Lincoln (commonly called "Abe" by family, friends, and colleagues) (born on February 12, 1809 and died on April 15, 1865) was the 16th president of the United States. He led the United States through its Civil War— one of its bloodiest wars and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. Mr. Lincoln is one of the most inspirational figures in American history. A self-educated former frontier lawyer, he became a leader of the new Republican Party and in 1860 was elected the first Republican president.
As president, Abraham Lincoln overcame a secession attempt by at least 8 Southern states, led by South Carolina, which launched the Civil War (1861–65). Lincoln's victory set the stage for the abolition of slavery in America. A leader in the push to preserve the Union, he was an outspoken opponent of slavery, as well as a vigorous defender of civil liberties.
Today, you can find his face everywhere, including on Mount Rushmore, and the five-dollar bill. Abraham Lincoln inspired the boys and girls of the world to dream great dreams and to strive for success. Not only did he lead our country through a war, but he also helped create a more perfect Union. He was an excellent example to all Americans who believed in justice, equality, and freedom.
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Check out these 22 Inspirational Quotes By Abraham Lincoln
1. Some day I shall be President.
2. Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
3. Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
4. I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
5. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
6. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
7. You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
8. Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
9. We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
10. I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
11. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.
12. All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
13. Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
14. I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
15. The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
16. Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
17. I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
18. When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that's my religion.
19. Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed.
20. Labor is prior to and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
21. That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.
22. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in that we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.