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President Abraham Lincoln, Matthew Brady, 1861

Abraham Lincoln earned the nickname "Honest Abe" before he was elected President. Lincoln's reputation for honesty followed him from his early life as a shop clerk to his presidency. An Illinois friend reflected, "He believed in the great laws of truth, the right discharge of duty, his accountability to God, the ultimate triumph of the right, and the overthrow of wrong."
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