That’s LinCOLN, not LinkedIn

Some background:  200 years ago today, Abe Lincoln was born in Kentucky – a little known fact – and then moved shortly thereafter to Indiana.  It wasn’t until he was 22 that he floated by canoe to Illinois, the “Land of Lincoln”.

Abe wasn’t much for twittering, he was an orator who’s speeches were fairly wordy, I know because I had to memorize the Gettysburg Address at the young age of 9.  It was looooong for a 9 year old.  It was way toooo long for today’s Twits.

Abe, an early technologist

Lincoln was an inventor and held a patent for buoying vessels, as he had spent a few years navigating the Sangamon River in Illinois.  As a lawyer, Abe used his transportation background to fight for some corporate clients.

Abe was linked-in probably  better than anyone back then could be, as he was nominated as the Republican candidate the first time (1860) in Decatur (OK, his home state) without having crossed a single state border to campaign.  His campaign was credited to the Republican party’s leaflets and editorials in local and major newspapers.  So to his credit, Abe built the Republican party into the first information super highway – take that, Al Gore.

As long as we’re mentioning accomplishments, let’s not forget he brought the Union back together after the Civil War and abolished slavery.  No easy feats.

So we honor Abe today on his 200th birthday.  Here is his advice for us as we fly (not forge) ahead in this 21st century:  “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” Lincoln’s Second Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862.

Happy Birthday Abey Baby.

Some Sources:

Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

Abraham Lincoln on Wikipedia

Abraham Lincoln Research Site

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

DG

~ by CDLB on February 12, 2009.

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