Abraham Lincoln, without doubt one of the strongest and most outstanding men in the history of our country, was born in Kentucky 204 years ago today. There may be no one in our country's history about whom more has been written.* It would be presumptuous of me to believe I could add anything to that noble library.
This I will relate, though. When I was a boy I recall that on the classroom walls of probably more than one room in which I spent my elementary years there was a huge calendar with the pictures of the presidents.
I remember, too, that there were two presidents whose birthdays were noted and called by their rightful names. February 12, Lincoln's Birthday, and February 22, Washington's Birthday. We didn't have a Presidents' Day.
There aren't any other presidents whose birthday I can tell you. I could look one up if I had occasion to want to know it; but these two birthdays I shall always remember in honor of two of our greatest men.
Another notable event memorialized on this day, wherein we recount the final moments of a sterling life, that of one of my favorite young people:
*Moments after I wrote that sentence, I heard Doris Kearns Goodwin state that more than 60,000 books have been written about Lincoln.