“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln300Background:

Life: February 12, 1809– April 15, 1865 (56 years)

16th President of the United States (1861-1865)

Grew up in the Separate Baptist Church

Noted as a hard worker

Served as a captain in the Illinois Militia

Self-taught in law

Famous for orations (House Divided Speech, Gettysburg Address)

Tallest U.S. president (6′ 4″) and only one to hold a patent

 

Why is Lincoln considered visionary?

Was incredibly loyal, however, he stood up for what he personally believed

Disagreed with slavery but foresaw that simply abolishing slavery would lead to problems in the future

Cared very much for his family

Knew when to bide his time and when to take action

Understood that harsh punishment would not unify the country

Observed his strengths and used them to achieve results

Was an expert at aligning the correct people with the correct position

 

References:

1. Wikipedia

 

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