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Rare Abraham Lincoln Signed 1864 Civil War Appointment: “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count...”
“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.”
Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809, could be America’s greatest president. His incredible leadership kept the Union together through the Civil War and his actions to abolishing slavery in the United States, undoubtedly made his mark on history.
But when Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office in 1861 to become the 16th president of the United States, it had not been an easy road. It was the culmination of a long, difficult journey filled with disappointments, setbacks, and failures.
Just months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he offered a brief sketch of his early life.
"My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families. My mother died in my tenth year. When I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher...but that was all."
Lincoln, An avid reader and tireless worker, sought the knowledge and experience he needed to pursue his ambitions. Given his early failures in business, politics and life, no one would have blamed him had he given up.
He failed in business in '31. He was defeated for state legislator in '32. He tried another business in '33. It failed. His fiancee died in '35. He had a nervous breakdown in '36. In '43 he ran for congress and was defeated. He tried again in '48 and was defeated again. He tried running for the Senate in '55. He lost. The next year he ran for Vice President and lost. In '59 he ran for the Senate again and was defeated. In 1860, the man who signed his name A. Lincoln, the man whose unflagging faith in himself seemed to grow with every failure, was elected the 16th President of the United States.
This incredible document, is dated October 17, 1864, which is over 150 years old, but is still in beautiful condition. In it President Lincoln, towards the end of the Civil War, appoints George Harrington as acting Secretary of the Treasury. Written in his own hand and signed in black ink, a rare distinguished and full signature “Abraham Lincoln”.
Above the document we’ve included this amazingly rendered, colored copy, of Alexander Gardener’s photo of February 5, 1865.
Below the document, and centered, is one of Abraham Lincoln’s most memorable quotes, “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln
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