With this year’s election behind us, it seems only fitting that we look at an election some time ago. On this date, 153 years ago, U.S. voters elected Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president.

With this year’s election behind us, it seems only fitting that we look at an election some time ago. On this date, 153 years ago, U.S. voters elected Abraham Lincoln as the 16th president.


He was the first member of the Republican Party, which was fairly new at the time, to win the presidency. According to history.com, Honest Abe won only 40 percent of the popular vote, but it was enough to defeat the three other candidates.


Look ahead on the calendar a few days and you’ll see that November is a big month for Lincoln. On Nov. 19, 1863, he delivered the Gettysburg Address.


What most people remember best from that speech, I think, is the opening line: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." (I think that line is the main reason many of us know how much a "score" is, but that’s a different Good Morning.)


As I was reading about Lincoln recently, I found something of particular interest about this famous speech. Early in the address, Lincoln says, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."


Almost three years later, Sen. Charles Sumner commented on the sentence during his eulogy on Lincoln. He said the president was mistaken: "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech."


The senator’s words definitely ring true today, and it’s words such as those in Lincoln’s address and his leadership during one of the United States most turbulent times in history that put Lincoln among our greatest leaders. But I sometimes wonder how much of greatness is about timing. Perhaps it’s not the right man and the right time, but the best man at the right time. I’m not suggesting Lincoln is not worthy of our highest regard and respect, it’s just something to ponder as you digest the results of yesterday’s election.


"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." — William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night"



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