Thursday, February 12, 2009

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was born February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth.

According to a story on the CBSNews Sunday Morning Show "more than 10,000 books have been written about Lincoln since his death in 1865." [The Buena Park Library has close to 90 titles on Lincoln.]

James McPherson, a Pulitzer Prize winning Lincoln scholar, proclaims Lincoln himself to be one of America's best writers saying that the Gettysburg Address is " of his two best writings, the other being the second Inaugural Address. And I wouldn't necessarily want to choose between the two, but certainly the Gettysburg Address is one of the two best things he ever did -- and the two best things that any American ever did."

Read more about the Gettysburg Address. Read more about his second Inaugural Address.

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