Presidents Day Observed

Welcome back from the three-day holiday weekend in honor of Presidents Day!

Alaska’s Digital Newspaper Project’s Instagram provided a collage of news items from Washington’s birthday, but today we’re giving Abraham Lincoln a proper shout-out:

Clockwise from top left, from the Feb 9, 1918 issue of the Iditarod Pioneer, an illustration of Abraham Lincoln is between text that reads: “With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.”—Abraham Lincoln “Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to our duty as we understand it.”—Abraham Lincoln. From the Feb 12, 1920 issue of the Alaska Daily Empire, with a photo of Abraham Lincoln superimposed on photos of his log cabin and the White House, text reads: “Celebrating the birthday of Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, was born in Harden County, K.Y., February 12, 1809. When Indian hostilities began in the year 1832 Lincoln volunteered in a company of Sangamon county rifles organized in Richland, Ill., and was elected its captain. When the company was mustered out he went to New Salem, where in his first political venture he was defeated as a candidate for the Illinois Legislature. Lincoln then entered business as a general merchant in New Salem, but met with reverses. He then applied himself to the study of law, and for a short time he was the Postmaster and Deputy County Surveyor of New Salem. In 1833 he became a leader in the republican party immediately upon its organization and was defeated by Stephen A. Douglas for the United States Senate in 1838. Lincoln was elected as a republican President of the United States and was inaugurated March 4, 1861. He was shot by J. Wilkes Booth while attending Ford’s Theatre, in the city of Washington D.C., on the night of April 14, 1865, and died the following day.” From the Feb 12, 1910 issue of the Daily Alaskan, with a photo of Abraham Lincoln, text reads: “People Pay Respect To Loved Leader, Lincoln.”
Image credit: From the February 9, 1918 issue of the Iditarod Pioneer; From the February 12, 1920 issue of the Alaska Daily Empire; From the February 12, 1910 issue of the Daily Alaskan.

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