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The Genius of Lincoln
Author Thomas Ashby describes Abraham Lincoln as follows: Mr. Lincoln was a giant in height, with a frame as rugged as it was homely and striking in manner and personality ...

The Genius of Lincoln

Author Thomas Ashby describes Abraham Lincoln as follows:

Mr. Lincoln was a giant in height, with a frame as rugged as it was homely and striking in manner and personality … Lincoln was not a man of scholarly education, of wide learning, or of great oratorical power, yet he had the genius of common sense, the faculty of saying and doing the right thing at the right time. His knowledge of men, his clear views of the political situation, his powers of leadership were phenomenal. His clear, concise, and patriotic oration at Gettysburg placed him in the front rank of the world’s great orators. Neither Demosthenes nor Cicero, Burke nor Sheridan, Webster nor Clay ever touched the hearts of nations as did Mr. Lincoln by his great classic.

For a man who has gone down in history as one of the greatest presidents of the United States, Abraham Lincoln did not have the qualifications of genius. He had no formal education. He was not attractive in his appearance nor striking in his personality or mannerisms. Neither did Lincoln have oratorical training, yet, he had the God-given ability of impeccable timing, and practical, everyday good sense.

Even though Lincoln did not have oratorical training, his Gettysburg Address went down in history as one of the greatest speeches of all time. How do we account for such genius in a common man? We can make only one conclusion: Lincoln depended on God, and the Lord used his weaknesses to show the world that a person touched by God can be used in extraordinary ways.

Our disabilities can become great abilities if we will yield ourselves completely to God.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

1 Corinthians 1:27

Antietam, Md., Allan Pinkerton, President Lincoln, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand

The Library of Congress


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