Abraham Lincoln: An Oration Delivered Before the Lincoln Union by Henry Watterson

“Twice we heard Henry Watterson deliver his classical lecture on Abraham Lincoln. At the most dramatic point in the address the speaker discussed the problem, how to account adequately for the great president. After analyzing his ancestry and all his environments in a keen and discerning way, Mr. Watterson exclaimed: ‘The only explanation of Abraham Lincoln is’ — then pausing solemnly and impressively, lifting his hand and pointing upward, he repeated, ‘The only explanation of Abraham Lincoln is — God!’ It was a most thrilling moment in the address. No hearer could doubt that God raised up this great and good man for the time and exigency in which he lived.” — Leander Keyser. In The Apostles’ Footsteps: Sermons on the Epistle Lessons for the Church Year.

Level of Difficulty: Primer: No subject matter knowledge needed.

Book Contents

  • Abraham Lincoln.
  • Cosmopolitan Article from 1909 [Facsimile]

Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2020
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0