Some of the best-known quotations from American history come from Abraham Lincoln. Here are some of the great man's words of wisdom that few but Lincoln scholars will have heard before.
George Washington had no natural offspring, but he took a paternal interest in talented subordinates. During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Washington served as the presiding officer. Nearly two decades younger than the general, Gouverneur Morris, a transplanted New Yorker representing Pennsylvania, used his considerable literary talents to draft the final form of the Constitution.
Morris subsequently went to Europe where he pursued various business interests in France and witnessed the progress of the French Revolution. In 1792, Washington decided he needed to use Morris’s knowledge of the country as America’s minister in Paris.
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