“Honest Abe” Thanks You!
Our 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln
Do you know why our 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln was nicknamed “Honest Abe?” Here’s a brief background that you’ll enjoy.
“Mary Todd Lincoln once wrote to a friend that ‘Mr. Lincoln . . . is almost monomaniac on the subject of honesty.’
The future president was first called “Honest Abe” when he was working as a young store clerk in New Salem, Ill. According to one story, whenever he realized he had shortchanged a customer by a few pennies, he would close the shop and deliver the correct change-regardless of how far he had to walk.
People recognized his integrity and were soon asking him to act as judge or mediator in various contests, fights, and arguments. According to Robert Rutledge of New Salem, “Lincoln’s judgment was final in all that region of country. People relied implicitly upon his honesty, integrity, and impartiality.”
…in search for the reason Lincoln was so adamant about honesty, a quote by one of his closest friends, Leonard Swett, is revealing:
‘He believed in the great laws of truth, the right discharge of duty, his accountability to God, the ultimate triumph of the right, and the overthrow of wrong.'” – by Gordon Leidner, Great American History
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