Congressman Lincoln: the making of America's greatest president

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A biography of the early years and personal struggles of the famous frontier politician who led the United States during its darkest hours, centering on his little-known congressional years. The "gifted young historian" (Richard Norton Smith) who gave us Founding Rivals , Chris DeRose delivers the first fully realized portrait of Abraham Lincoln's ambitious and controversial early political career, and his surprising ascendancy that was both historic and far from inevitable. In 1847, Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington in near anonymity. After years of outmaneuvering political adversaries and leveraging friendships, he emerged the surprising victor of the Whig Party nomination, winning a seat in the House of Representatives. Yet following a divisive single term, he would return to Illinois a failed job applicant with a damaged reputation in his home state, and no path forward in politics. Defeated, unpopular, and out of office, Lincoln now seemed worse off politically than when his journey began. But what actually transpired between 1847 and 1849 revealed a man married to his political, moral, and ethical ideals. These were the defining years of a future president and the prelude to his singular role as the center of a gathering political storm. With keen insight into a side of Lincoln never so thoroughly investigated or exhaustively researched, Chris DeRose explores this extraordinary, unpredictable, and oftentimes conflicted turning point in his career. This is Congressman Lincoln as: • A leader for the first time, not just a vote, on questions of slavery • Unpopular opponent of the "unconstitutional" Mexican War • A Whig party leader and presidential kingmaker, one of the first supporters of Zachary Taylor, a southern slave-owning general • Reluctant husband in an abusive, deeply troubled marriage • The first future president to argue before the Supreme Court and the only president to be awarded a patent. Drawing from the unpublished "Papers of Abraham Lincoln," including 20,000 pre-presidential articles and a wealth of correspondence, and the secret diaries and private correspondence of Lincoln's colleagues--many cited here for the first time--DeRose shows us a master strategist, a politician torn between principle and viability, and a man saddled with a tormented private life. Most vitally, he greatly expands our understanding of America's greatest president in a biography as surprising, ambitious, and transcendent as its subject.
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display_description This is the story of an Abraham Lincoln many Americans aren't at all familiar with: Lincoln as a reluctant husband in an abusive relationship; Lincoln who came within moments of fighting a duel with a political adversary; the first and only president to patent an invention; and the first future president to argue before the Supreme Court.Though remembered as a Republican and even more as a figure that transcended partisan politics, Congressman Lincoln reveals Abraham Lincoln to be a master political strategist and a member of the Whig Party, the party to which he belonged for the majority of his career. Before he appealed to America's purest instincts, he argued, "The Whigs have fought long enough for principle and ought to begin to fight for success." Before "malice toward none," Lincoln bragged of his opponent, "I've got the preacher by the balls."Lincoln the policymaker is remembered for his conduct of the Civil War and his handling of slavery. But even during his presidency, Lincoln was concerned with a broad array of issues. As a party leader, candidate for Congress, and member of the House, Lincoln worked on stimulus spending, international trade, banking, and even the post office. And it would be in the Thirtieth Congress that Lincoln would first move to halt the expansion of slavery, carefully crafting a bill for gradual emancipation in the District of Columbia.This is the story of America at a critical time: The tale of a Congress that ended a conflict, unsure of what had been gained aside from a seat strapped to a powder keg; of a party aiming to win the presidency at all costs, paving the path for its own extinction; and of a country charting an irreversible course toward Civil War. Moreover, it is the story of the man who led the United States during its darkest hours and his role at the center of this gathering storm. This is the story of Congressman Abraham Lincoln.
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subject_facet Legislators -- United States -- Biography, Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Political career before 1861, Presidents -- United States -- Biography, United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1861, United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Biography
table_of_contents The most ambitious man in the world -- The right to rise -- Turnabout is fair play -- A house divided -- Lincoln's Washington -- The secret question -- The questions of war -- War and peace -- Not a sinecure -- Three conventions -- Internal improvements -- The trouble with Oregon -- Lincoln the young Indian -- The valiant destroyer of windmills -- Uncivil and undiplomatic -- The last full measure -- A rope of sand or a band of steel? -- The comet at the end of the world.
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title Congressman Lincoln : the making of America's greatest president
title_display Congressman Lincoln : the making of America's greatest president
title_full Congressman Lincoln : the making of America's greatest president / Christopher Derose, Congressman Lincoln: the making of America's greatest president [electronic resource] / Chris DeRose
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title_sort congressman lincoln the making of america's greatest president
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topic Legislators United States Biography, Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Political career before 1861, Presidents United States Biography, United States Politics and government 1845-1861, United States. Congress. House Biography
topic_facet Legislators, Lincoln, Abraham, Political career before 1861, Politics and government, Presidents