“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Sioux Falls in Minnehaha County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Abraham Lincoln


Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 16, 2017
1. Abraham Lincoln Marker

The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life.

"I was born February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families-second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks. My father…removed from Kentucky to…Indiana, in my eighth year. It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher…but that was all."

Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, "His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest." He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom
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lived to maturity.

In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas, he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860. Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "That we here highly resolve that these dead shall no have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion. On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth.

Famous Abraham Lincoln Quotations:

"Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties."

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought fourth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all med are created equal."

Abraham Lincoln Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 16, 2017
2. Abraham Lincoln Marker
stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men."

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln series list.
Location. 43° 30.823′ N, 96° 45.153′ W. Marker is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West 41st Street and Western Ave. Located at the north doors of Scheels store. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sioux Falls SD 57105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ronald Reagan (here, next to this marker); James Brothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soo Skyways Airport (approx. 0.3 miles away); South Dakota Achieve (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sertoma Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wallner Gardens (approx. 0.8 miles away); "Mr. Soccer" Manfred Szameit (approx. 0.9 miles away); Yankton Trail Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sioux Falls.
Abraham Lincoln Statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 16, 2017
3. Abraham Lincoln Statue
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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