The sixteenth president of the United States was none other than “Honest Abe” himself, or better known as Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln may have looked thin and weak physically, but he was actually pretty strong. He was also a fierce, sharp-witted lawyer and politician. He was never afraid of the challenges thrown at him. He held firmly to the things he believed to be right, even when the “majority” did not agree with him. Abraham Lincoln faced opposition as president because of his divergent moral views, ideas, decisions, and beliefs.
Abraham Lincoln came from humble beginnings. He was born in Kentucky, in a log cabin on February 12, 1809 (Bio.com 1). His father’s name was Thomas and his mother’s name was Nancy. They lived on a small plot of land in a shelter, until Thomas was able to buy the family a new home somewhere else.
When Lincoln was only at the tender age of nine, he lost his mother to a milk disease (Bio.com 1). This traumatic event caused Abraham to become withdrawn from his father and distant from the world. Lincoln’s mother meant so much to him that he lived for her through his choices and accomplishments. He testified, “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother” (BrainyQuote). After his father remarried, he became closely bonded to his step-mother Sarah. As their bond grew, she encouraged Abraham to read.
Lincoln was a great man of honesty and integrity. The nickname “Honest Abe” did not just fall from the clear blue sky. Anywhere he went, Lincoln was trusted because of his history compassion and humility. He was often seen walking many miles to borrow or return a book (Bio.com 1). Lincoln did all he could to keep his name in a good light and living up to be the man his mother would be proud to smile upon.
Lincoln started his political career after he partook in the Black Hawk War. In 1834 he was elected as the state legislature of Illinois for the Wig Party (Bio.com 1). He also taught himself the law by reading Commentaries on the Law of England by William Blackstone. Sometime after this, in 1860, Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States. After his first term which was more like a tumultuous whirlwind, Lincoln exclaimed, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power” (BrainyQuote). This quote clearly expresses how Lincoln knew that as the president he would go through many trials that would test his mind, body, and soul. Despite all of the odds, Abraham went on to be reelected in 1864.
Lincoln’s presidency was not all sunshine and rainbows. He faced adversity from critics all around. One of the major ones was the “Copperheads”. They were conservative Democrats who harkened back to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson as ideal presidential role models (The Copperheads 1). The American people were also a tough crowd to deal with in terms of criticism. Around the time of the Civil War, Lincoln lacked support from all sides....