Lincoln’s appetite for reading started early, as did his quest for knowledge. Despite having less than a year of formal education, the future president read whatever books he could find, on a variety of subjects, whenever he could. Lincoln’s enthusiasm for self-education is wonderfully evident in these pages from a ciphering book he used in his teenage years to teach himself mathematics. This page contains the oldest known Lincoln autograph, as well as a humorous four-line poem.
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Almost a year after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, Lincoln traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to dedicate its new national cemetery. The largest battle ever fought in North America had been waged there from July 1-3, 1863, and Lincoln stood on that same ground on November 19 to give meaning to the bloodshed.
It became his most famous speech and perhaps the most well-known political speech in recorded history. This is one of only five surviving copies in Lincoln’s own hand, acquired by the State of Illinois in 1944 partly through $50,000 raised by schoolchildren donating pennies.
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Letters for Lincoln's Life in Letters online exhibit- Gettysburg
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