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Personal Stories #9-- "My Politics"
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[Selections are from Abraham
my duty as captain in the Illinois Volunteers in the Black Hawk War, 1832
". . .
I was elated, ran for the Legislature the same year (1832) and was beaten--the
only time I ever have been beaten by the people. The next, and three succeeding
biennial elections, I was elected to the Legislature. I was not a candidate
afterwards. During this Legislative period I had studied law, and removed to
Springfield to practise it. In 1846 I was once elected to the lower House of
Congress." A. Lincoln
not a candidate for re-election. From 1849 to 1854, both inclusive, practiced
law more assiduously than ever before. Always a Whig in politics, and generally
on the Whig electoral tickets, making active canvasses--I was losing interest in
politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again."
"I was reelected in
1836, 1838, and 1840," to the Illinois General Assembly as Representative.
In 1846 I was elected to the lower House of Congress, and served one term
only, commencing in December, 1847, and ending with the inauguration of General
Taylor, in March 1849. In 1854 his profession had almost superseded the
thought of politics in his mind, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise
aroused him as he had never been before." A. Lincoln
In 1858, Abraham brought out
the real feelings he had against slavery in a speech in the Illinois State House.
"...A house divided
against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure,
permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved
— I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be
divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the
opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where
the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate
extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike
lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South...."