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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 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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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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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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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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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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