How Abraham Lincoln Treated an Enemy 05/01/2012

When Abraham Lincoln was running for President, a Mr. Stanton said, “You don’t want a tall, lanky, ignorant man like this as president of the United States.”

Stanton went about the country saying and writing vile things about Lincoln.

When Lincoln was having to choose a Secretary of War, he mentioned Stanton’s name to his advisors. They thought the idea foolish and reminded Lincoln of the awful things the man had said about him.

Lincoln replied, "Oh yes, I know about it; I read about it; I’ve heard him myself. But after looking over the country, I find that he is the best man for the job."

When Lincoln was assassinated, Stanton made a terrific statement about the character of Lincoln and proclaimed: "Now he belongs to the ages".

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