Monday, May 23, 2016

Lincoln and Politics 22

A Chicago lawyer who had known Lincoln for 30 years summarized his pre-presidential years: ‘One great public mistake…generally received and acquiesced in, is that he is considered by the people of this country as a frank, guileless, and unsophisticated man. There never was a greater mistake…He handled and moved men remotely as we do pieces on a chess board.’

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