Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Bicentennial



2009 marks 200 years since the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The picture above is of his coat and hat which are kept in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.



The image above is a half tone plate engraved by H. Davidson from an ambrotype made a few days after Lincoln's fifth debate with incumbent senator Stephen Douglas in Galesburg, Illinois on Oct. 7th, 1858. Lincoln was 49 years old. He'd already served as a congressman and was working as an attorney.



Above is the log cabin where Lincoln was born in 1809. He achieved greatness without seeking it. He achieved justice for others, but didn't receive it.

3 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

I had no idea that he was born into such humble surroundings. You really are a country where anyone can rise to high office with their own achievements.

Tracy said...

What I always always loved about Lincoln was that he never forgot his humble beginnings... He's always been something of a hero to me, with his keen insight and wisdom...a great man he was. One cannot help but wonder what paths he would have taken yet had he not been tragically struck down. There's something very sad about that photo of his clothing here...Beautiful post, Golden West. Many greats have there 200th this year... Happy Day ((HUGS))

High Desert Diva said...

I like your last two lines...