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Source Notes: Source: Attributed to ABRAHAM LINCOLN.Representative Everett M. Dirksen, remarks in the House, September 18, 1941, Congressional Record, vol. 87, p. 7479. Unverified in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler .He may have been paraphrasing this: I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the countrys cause.President Lincoln, letter to Zachariah Chandler, November 20, 1863.Collected Works, vol. 7, p. 24.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 April 15, 1865), sometimes called Abe Lincoln and nicknamed Honest Abe, the Rail Splitter, and the Great Emancipator, was the 16th President of the United States (1861 to 1865), and the first president from the Republican Party.