Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Benjamin Lincoln
- The legal right of the Southern people to reclaim their fugitives I have constantly admitted. The legal right of Congress to interfere with their institution in the states, I have constantly denied.
- I go for all sharing the privileges of the government, who assist in bearing its burdens. Consequently, I go for admitting all whites to the right of suffrage, who pay taxes or bear arms (by no means excluding females).
- Being elected to Congress, though I am very grateful to our friends for having done it, has not pleased me as much as I expected.
- Why was the amendment, expressly declaring the right of the people to exclude slavery, voted down? Plainly enough now, the adoption of it would have spoiled the niche for the Dred Scott decision.
- ‘A living dog is better than a dead lion.’ Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. How can he oppose the advances of slavery? He don’t care anything about it.
- I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
- It is a quality of revolutions not to go by old lines or old laws, but to break up both and make new ones.
- If the people of Utah shall peacefully form a State Constitution tolerating polygamy, will the Democracy admit them into the Union?
- Illinois surpasses every other spot of equal extent upon the face of the globe in fertility of soil and in the proportionable amount of the same which is sufficiently level for actual cultivation.
- My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families – second families, perhaps I should say.
Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810) was an American revolutionary and military leader who played a pivotal role in the American Revolutionary War. Born in Hingham, Massachusetts, Lincoln began his career as a farmer and blacksmith before joining the colonial militia.
His military service began in 1775, when he became a major general in the Continental Army. He was present at the pivotal battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. Lincoln’s leadership was instrumental in the successful siege and surrender of British General Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781, which is considered a turning point in the war.
Post-war, he was appointed the first Secretary of War under the Articles of Confederation and, later, a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature and its lieutenant governor.
In 1787, he was a key figure at the Shays’ Rebellion, advocating for a peaceful resolution rather than a forceful suppression. Lincoln was also a member of the Constitutional Convention.
Remembered for his significant contributions to both the military and the nascent government of the United States, Benjamin Lincoln’s legacy remains embedded in American Revolutionary history. He passed away in 1810, leaving behind a legacy of service and dedication to the young nation.
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