Abraham Lincoln: President and Reader

DSC_2258Abraham Lincoln was a big fan of books.  Honest Abe was no dunce, and he owed it all to books and an insatiable desire to learn.  Though he grew up with little formal education, he took classes from several itinerant teachers, the young Abe was an avid reader, going to great lengths to borrow a new book. A few of his favorites include Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Aesop’s Fables, and the King James Bible.

Books and reading continued to educate the future president throughout his life.  As an adult, Mr. Lincoln studied law by reading William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England and other books of law.  In 1836 he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Springfield, Illinois.

Abraham Lincoln was one of this country’s finest leaders, and he couldn’t have done it without books.  Next time you visit the Orem Public library, stop and take a look at our 19th century statue of Abe in the South Wing.  It’s a nice reminder of the power of books.  And remember, whatever your dreams or goals in life, we’ve got the books to help take you there.

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