After passing an oral examination by a panel of practicing attorneys, Lincoln received his law license on September 9, For more information, read Michigan Publishing's access and usage policy. Many years after the trial, Dr. Rather, they insist, the war was driven primarily by economic motives.
Jacobson has suggested Lincoln was "part Negro",  but the claim is unproven. How was Lincoln able to go from a Whig lawyer virtually unknown outside of Illinois to the presidential nominee of a new party that was perceived as such a threat to the South that his election alone prompted seven states to renounce their allegiance to the Union?
On August 4 Lincoln polled 1, votes, the second highest number of votes in the race, and won one of the four seats in the election, as did Stuart. Once in office, his Whig leanings came early to the front as he supported internal improvements and the chartering of a state bank.
Both his parents were almost completely illiterate, and he himself received little formal education. The two saw each other for a few months and marriage was considered.
The stage had been set in Julywhen Maj. There was one fatality—William Green, a local drayman—and among those injured was Samuel G. Since most of those who served on the juries in these small towns were farmers and other country folk, Lincoln—himself a product of a rural environment and by nature a slow talker—recognized the need to argue his cases in the simplest and most straightforward manner.