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Lincoln's Legacy & Leadership Virtues

During this Bicentennial Year of Abraham Lincoln's birth, reflect on why we hold "Honest Abe" in such high regard. The majority of Americans consider Lincoln to be our greatest President and some have called him the greatest American to ever live. Why? Isn't it because of his character that was expressed in such qualities as:

Honesty, Integrity, Perseverance/diligence, Fortitude/indomitable will, Respect/magnanimous, Responsibility/duty/citizenship, Justice/fairness, Compassion/Empathy, Courage (moral not physical), Pragmatism/principled realism, and Prudence

Lincoln's Virtues are featured in a special edition of Virtue in Action.

We Celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Birthday throughout 2009!

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated.

As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year. He introduced measures that resulted in the abolition of slavery, issuing his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and promoting the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which passed Congress before Lincoln's death and was ratified by the states later in 1865.

During his presidency, Lincoln also signed into law the Homestead Act, the Pacific Railway Act (establishing a Transcontinental Railroad), the Morrill Act (establishing land-grant colleges that eventually became the nation's A & M universities such as University of Illinois and Colorado State) and on the day of his death, established the Secret Service (though it would take another 36 years and the assassination of two more Presidents -- James A. Garfield and William McKinley -- before the Congress added protection of the President to its list of duties to be performed).

Abraham Lincoln has always been proudly associated with Illinois - the" Land of Lincoln." All of the marble for the exterior of Lincoln Memorial was quarried in Marble, Colorado and shipped by rail to Washington D.C. for construction between 1914 and 1922.

But it is his character for which Lincoln is best remembered and what allowed him to accomplish so much! Click on the left sidebar Lincoln's Legacy - Bicentennial Virtues for some activities and resources regarding Abraham Lincoln's 200th Birthday and his character.


Get ideas on how to celebrate this historic milestone.

Check out these additional fine resourses on Lincoln's Leadership Virtues and Bicentennial activities:

  • Lincoln’s Virtues – An Ethical Biography
    by William Lee Miller, Vintage Books (Random House), 2002
  • Lincoln on Leadership
    by Donald T. Phillips, Warner Books (Time Warner), 1992
  • The Words Lincoln Lived By
    by Gene Griessman, Fireside (Simon & Schuster), 1997
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
    by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words
    by Douglas Wilson, Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
  • A Character Profile of Abraham Lincoln
    by John C. Maxwell, 2006,
  • C-SPAN's Lincoln 200 Years programs

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