The Bible used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration for his Presidency. (recently used by Pres. Obama at his swearing in). *s Lincoln Families, 1St Presidenti, Abraham Lincoln, Presidents Obama, Presidents Famous, Africans American Presidents, Civil War, Presidenti Inaugur, Bible Presidents
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"Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises." - Abraham Lincoln criticizing supporting tyranny over liberty as Foreign Policy
Lincoln felt he had failed the people with his short address, and yet, those 269 words were spoken and all speeches that came thereafter were measured against it. (click image)
This is the tombstone of Abraham Lincoln inside the burial chamber located at the Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. On September 26, 1901, Lincoln's coffin was permanently placed in a large, steel cage and embedded in concrete 10 feet below the floor under his tombstone. President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, in Washington, D.C., at the age of 56.