Abraham Lincoln’s use of Veto power Essay

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Abraham Lincoln born in 1809 was the President of United States before he was assassination in 1865.Many scholars refer him to as the greatest president the United State has ever had in history. One among his major achievements was the successful lead of the American country during the great internal crisis. He sealed the Union of the country and fought slavery to the end. Lincoln was a lawyer, after which he became a legislator representing the Illinois state. He was a member in the House of Representatives through an election. In family matters Lincoln was said to as loving, kind, a husband and a father of four. Donald 2001 pp.69). Background information Today the word presidential veto does not come out in the United States…show more content…
(Belz, 1998). Lincoln went by the presidency Whig theory which gave Congress the sole responsibility to write the laws and at the same time ensure that the Executive enforced them. During his presidency term Lincoln ensured that four bills were vetoed and passed by Congress namely; the Wade Davis Bill which was a harsh program of reconstructing the states by seeking to reunite the country by a policy of generous reconciliation (Donald 2001 p.137). He signed the Homestead Act in 1862, where millions of acres of government held land in the West available for purchase at very low cost (p138). The Morrill Land Grant Colleges Act, also signed in 1862, provided the government of the day grants for agricultural colleges in each particular state (Donald 1996 p. 36). The Pacific Railway Acts of 1862 and 1864 granted federal Government support for the construction of the United States, First Transcontinental Railroad, to completed in 1869 ( Donald 2001p 256). Passing the Homestead Act and the Pacific Railway Acts was made possible through the absence of Southern congressmen and senators who had opposed the measures in 1850s (2 Donald 2001p 55). Other important legislation made involved measures aimed at raising Federal government revenue, through tariffs and income tax revenue. Lincoln in 1861 signed the Morrill Tariff acts, the first having become law under James Buchanan tenure. In 1861, Lincoln signed yet another bill the Revenue Act that created
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