Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln’

State of the Union 1863

On December 8, 1863 Lincoln sent his annual message to Congress in which he reviewed the state of the country during the year that was coming to an end.  The message to Congress would have been read by a clerk.  We would call this today a state of the union address.  Washington had delivered his […]

Lincoln and the Creation of Thanksgiving

In the midst of this, however, He, from Whom all blessings flow, must not be forgotten. A call for a national thanksgiving is being prepared, and will be duly promulgated. Abraham Lincoln, from his last public address, April 11, 1865 Abraham Lincoln frequently throughout the Civil War called for Thanksgiving for Union victories and for […]

We Have No King But Jesus

The feast of Christ the King is a very new one, although the image of Christ as King is as old as Christianity.  Pope Pius XI established the feast with his encyclical Quas Primas  in 1925 to remind the World after the horrors of World War I and its aftermath that God was in charge. […]

Abe Lincoln v. Madison Avenue

Classic.  Bob Newhart’s bit from 1960 about a conversation between Abraham Lincoln and a then modern day press agent just prior to the Gettysburg Address.

Get Thee Behind Abe, Editors!

Hattip to Steven Hayward at Powerline.   Decades ago I recall watching a commercial, see the video below where Abraham Lincoln is turned down for an executive position because he lacked a college degree.   I have often thought that Lincoln would not have been Lincoln without the arduous process of self education that he continued throughout his life.  (During […]

November 19, 1863: Lincoln Delivers The Gettysburg Address

      Presidents during their presidencies make hundreds of speeches.  Most are utterly forgotten soon after they are delivered.  Even most of the speeches by a president who is also a skilled orator, as Lincoln was, are recalled only by historians and trivia buffs.  Yet the Gettysburg address has achieved immortality. Lincoln was invited to […]

Gettysburg Address Medley

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a  new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men  are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any  nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We […]

The Prayer Before the Speeches

  Thomas H. Stockton in 1863 was pastor of the First Methodist Church in Philadelphia.  A man with many political connections, he had been chaplain of the United States House of Representatives in 1833, 1835, 1859 and 1861.  It was therefore no surprise that he was chosen to give the invocation on November 18, 1863 […]

A Silly Retraction

      As faithful readers of this blog know, there are few bigger fans of Mr. Lincoln than me, and I completely concur with Sir Winston Churchill that the Gettysburg Address  is“The ultimate expression of the majesty of Shakespeare’s language.”  That having been said I found profoundly silly a retraction which appears in the Patriot News newspaper: We […]

Red Skelton, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and One Nation Under God

Red Skelton and his unforgettable rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.  Skelton rose out of abject poverty to become one of the great comedians of his time.  His comment about the phrase “under God”  reminds us how deeply this phrase is embedded in American history: The addition of “under God” to the pledge of allegiance in […]

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