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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
US President, statesman

Lincoln’s Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, wrote an angry letter in response to a general who abused him and accused him of favoritism. He showed it to the President who agreed that it was first-rate.
Stanton was about to fold the letter into an envelope and Lincoln asked him what he intended to do with it.
“ Send it to him.”
“No, that would spoil it. File it away. This is the kind of filing that doesn’t wound the other fellow.”
At the end of a cabinet session President Lincoln collected the voices only to find opposed by everyone around the table.
‘Noes seven, ayes one,” he announced, “the ayes have it.”
(Ack: The Governance of Britain-Harold Wilson)
While delivering a speech he was interrupted by a heckler who
said, “Do I have to pay a dollar to pay the ugliest man in the country? ”
“I am afraid, sir,” Lincoln replied calmly, “ that you were charged a dollar for that privilege but I’ve it for nothing.”
A group of diplomats having caught sight of the President shining his shoes protested thus: ‘In England no gentleman ever cleans his own boots.’
When told Lincoln’s response was, ‘Indeed! Whose boots do they clean then?’
When young Lincoln was practicing in the courts of Illinois, once he was arguing a case where the lawyer represented the opposite party made a speech to the jury full of wild statements.
Lincoln in his reply pointed to his disregard of truth with an anecdote. He compared him to a little steamboat on the Sangamon River. ‘This little steamer had a five foot boiler and a seven-foot whistle. Every time it whistled the engine stopped.
Now the reason lies in the constitution of his mind. The moment he happens to talk all his mental operations cease and he is not responsible’.
The senator from Ohio was the chairman of the Civil War committee,one of those radical Republicans who was more interested in his own career than of the interests of the country became a stumbling block for the President. His interference was bad enough and once he informed the Present to get rid of General George McClellan. Lincoln asked him who he had in mind to take his place.
The senator said,’Anybody.’
Lincoln replied:’Well Senator, anybody may be alright with you, but I’ve got to have somebody.”

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