The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln can be considered one of our nation’s greatest presidents. A main reason that Lincoln is so honored is because of the tremendous virtues he is said to have held. The number of qualities Lincoln possessed include integrity, strong self morals, confidence, ambition, and honesty, all of which assisted him in eventually become the sixteenth President of the United States. Lincoln had many honorable virtues. There were basic one such as his refusal to drink and smoke. There were other more curious ones as his refusal to be a part of organized religion while at the same time having a superior knowledge of the Christian Bible’s text. However, one of Lincoln’s best virtues is his ability to go after what he believes is right and not being afraid to go against the majority. He showed this integrity in the 1837 vote on appeals from the legislatures of Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi for “their northern counterparts to do something… to stamp out the new menace of abolitionism that had arisen in the early 1830s” (Miller, 116). Among a sea of “Aye”s for agreement of the appeal, Lincoln was one of the nine “Nay”s. At the age of twenty-eight Lincoln was not afraid to vote against something he knew he wouldn’t win just to stay with what he believed. As Miller states on page 120, there was no pressure to vote this way. Quite the opposite actually. When asked about the vote six weeks later, one reason Lincoln and Daniel Stone stated as an explanation for their

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