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Thursday is a very special day

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By Ralph Damiani

Thursday is a very special day. It is a day that should be special to everyone, but it is of special note this year.

Thursday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

To say he is one of our best presidents is an understatement. He and George Washington stand alone.

The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning.

He was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. His parents were both born in Virginia of undistinguished families.

His mother died when he was 10.

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Ill.

He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest.”

He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for president in 1860.


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