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The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ketcham, Henry

The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Ketcham, Henry

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Title: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Author: Henry Ketcham
Release Date: November, 2004 [EBook #6811]

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*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN ***

Produced by Robert Nield, Tom Allen, Tiffany Vergon, Charles Aldarondo,
Charles Franks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team.
THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
BY HENRY KETCHAM

TO MY TWO OLDER BROTHERS, JOHN LEWIS KETCHAM,
AND WILLIAM ALEXANDER KETCHAM,
WHO UNDER ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
LOYALLY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE WAR
FOR THE PERPETUATION OF THE UNION AND THE

DESTRUCTION OP SLAVERY, THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.
CONTENTS.
I.
The Wild West
II.
The Lincoln Family
III.
Early Years
IV.
In Indiana
V.
Second Journey to New Orleans
VI.
Desultory Employments
VII.
Entering Politics
VIII.
Entering the Law
IX.
On the Circuit
X.
Social Life and Marriage
XI.
The Encroachments of Slavery
XII.
The Awakening of the Lion
XIII.
Two Things that Lincoln Missed
XIV.
Birth of the Republican Party
XV.
The Battle of the Giants
XVI.
Growing Audacity of the Slave Power
XVII.
The Backwoodsman at the Center of Eastern Culture
XVIII.
The Nomination of 1860
XIX.
The Election
XX.
Four Long Months
XXI.
Journey to Washington
XXII.
The Inauguration
XXIII.
Lincoln his Own President
XXIV.
Fort Sumter
XXV.
The Outburst of Patriotism
XXVI.
The War Here to Stay
XXVII.

The Darkest Hour of the War
XXVIII. Lincoln and Fremont
XXIX.

Lincoln and McClellan
XXX.
Lincoln and Greeley
XXXI.
Emancipation
XXXII.

Discouragements
XXXIII. New Hopes
XXXIV.

Lincoln and Grant
XXXV.
Literary Characteristics
XXXVI.

Second Election
XXXVII. Close of the War
XXXVIII. Assassination
XXXIX.

A Nation's Sorrow
XL.
The Measure of a Man
XLI.
Testimonies
PREFACE.
The question will naturally be raised, Why should there be another Life
of Lincoln? This may be met by a counter question, Will there ever be a

time in the near future when there will _not_ be another Life of
Lincoln? There is always a new class of students and a new enrolment of
citizens. Every year many thousands of young people pass from the
Grammar to the High School grade of our public schools. Other thousands
are growing up into manhood and womanhood. These are of a different
constituency from their fathers and grandfathers who remember the civil
war and were perhaps in it.

"To the younger generation," writes Carl Schurz, "Abraham Lincoln has
already become a half mythical figure, which, in the haze of historic
distance, grows to more and more heroic proportions, but also loses in
distinctness of outline and figure." The last clause of this remark is
painfully true. To the majority of people now living, his outline and
figure are dim and vague. There are to-day professors and presidents of
colleges, legislators of prominence, lawyers and judges, literary men,
and successful business men, to whom Lincoln is a tradition. It cannot
be expected that a person born after the year (say) 1855, could
remember Lincoln more than as a name. Such an one's ideas are made up
not from his remembrance and appreciation of events as they occurred,
but from what he has read and heard about them in subsequent years.

The great mine of information concerning the facts of Lincoln's life
is, and probably will always be, the History by his secretaries,
Nicolay and Hay. This is worthily supplemented by the splendid volumes
of Miss Tarbell. There are other biographies of great value. Special
mention should be made of the essay by Carl Schurz, which is classic.

The author has consulted freely all the books on the subject he could
lay his hands on. In this volume there is no attempt to write a history
of the times in which Lincoln lived and worked. Such historical events
as have been narrated were selected solely because they illustrated
some phase of the character of Lincoln. In this biography the single
purpose has been to present the living man with such distinctness of
outline that the reader may have a sort of feeling of being acquainted
with him. If the reader, finishing this volume, has a vivid realization
of Lincoln as a man, the author will be fully repaid.

To achieve this purpose in brief compass, much has been omitted. Some
of the material omitted has probably been of a value fully equal to
some that has been inserted. This could not well be avoided. But if the
reader shall here acquire interest enough in the subject to continue
the study of this great, good man, this little book will have served
its purpose.

H. K.
WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY, February, 1901.
CHAPTER I.
THE WILD WEST.

At the beginning of the twentieth century there is, strictly speaking,
no frontier to the United States. At the beginning of the nineteenth
century, the larger part of the country was frontier. In any portion of

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