Lessons from the Life of Abraham Lincoln

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Lessonsfrom the Life of Abraham Lincoln

Lessonsfrom the Life of Abraham Lincoln

AbrahamLincoln was born on 12thFebruary 1806 at Hardin County. Unfortunately, Lincoln did not manageto pursue education as a result of the immense burden of supportinghis family. This forced him to work and take up varied odd jobs thateventually placed him in Illinois where he started his politicalcareer. This is where he showed his thirst for education when hetaught himself law and went ahead to pass the bar examination in1836. This vision and determination was to eventually characterizehis personal and political life.

Indeed,it is these two traits that marked his presidency and leadership, andwhich make him one of the best leaders. Of particular note is thefact that Abraham’s journey to the presidency was not smooth in anyway, rather he faced insurmountable challenges both in the nationalarena and in the personal sphere. It is noteworthy that he came intopolitics at a time when there was immense controversy pertaining toslavery. Nevertheless, he managed to abolish the vice and still keepthe Union intact, of course, apart from the 13 states that hadalready seceded from the union. On the same note, it is because ofthe varied legislations that he signed into law that certain freedomsand amenities were obtained. For instance, Homestead Act, Moril Actand National Banking Act which aimed at allowing easterners to obtainland in the west, assist the creation of mechanical and agriculturalcolleges in every state and establishment of the national currencyand national banks. His visionary nature, oratorical powers andcapacity to take differing views make him a leader of repute and mayhave been responsible for the many successes that characterized hispresidency.