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FROM:  SET TWO, CIVIL WAR STUDIES

Lincoln's Political History

Abraham Lincoln Political Experiences

       "Mr. Lincoln was devoted to his profession, and his success in it was earned by hard and constant application. But his natural taste for politics led him to take a full share in the activities of political life. He had already served a term in the Illinois Legislature (1834-35); and so well satisfied were his constituents that they re-nominated him for the succeeding term. In the canvass which followed he: 1. greatly distinguished himself as a stump-speaker; 2. showing, by his tact and ability; 3. by the skill and ingenuity with which he met his opponents in debate; 4. by his shrewdness in attack; and 5. readiness in retort, how much he had profited by the training of the previous years."

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