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John George Nicolay

Activity in politics also produces eager competition and sharp rivalry.

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While Lincoln thus became a lawyer, he did not cease to remain a politician.

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Very few men are fortunate enough to gain distinction during their first term in Congress.

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In the early West, law and politics were parallel roads to usefulness as well as distinction.

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It may be assumed as an axiom that Providence has never gifted any political party with all of political wisdom or blinded it with all of political folly.

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It is therefore not to be wondered at that Lincoln's single term in the House of Representatives at Washington added practically nothing to his reputation.

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Lincoln's removal from New Salem to Springfield and his entrance into a law partnership with Major John T. Stuart begin a distinctively new period in his career.

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Nobody understood better than Mr. Lincoln the obvious truth that in politics it does not suffice merely to nominate candidates. Something must also be done to elect them.

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The function of the politician, therefore, is one of continuous watchfulness and activity, and he must have intimate knowledge of details if he would work out grand results.

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Lincoln's stature and strength, his intelligence and ambition - in short, all the elements which gave him popularity among men in New Salem, rendered him equally attractive to the fair sex of that village.

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