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Mr. Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln

Americans of humbler birth but with more domestic political experience simply wanted jobs. Mr. Lincoln had enough disappointments with patronage to know its importance to a good political organization.

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The Lawyers

Residents & Visitors

In the four years between March 1861 and 1865, many politicians, generals, journalists, job seekers and relatives of Mrs. Lincoln passed through the doors of the White House.

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The White House

The White House

Mr. Lincoln's popularity with "the boys" was not tied to his indulgence in their vices. Indeed, he eschewed gambling, smoking and drinking. Mr. Lincoln managed to be one of the boys without being exactly like the boys.

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Lincoln at Washington

Lincoln at Washington

Artist Francis B. Carpenter said that Abraham Lincoln referred to his office in the White House as the "shop."

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Nearby Washington

Nearby Washington

The war was never far from President Lincoln's mind. When he left the White House, it was often to deal with a problem connected to the war.

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Meeting Mr. Lincoln

Meeting Mr. Lincoln

"Beneath a smooth surface of candor and apparent declaration of all his thoughts and feelings he exercised the most exalted tact and wisest discrimination."

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