DL Fowler's Blog

Building Blocks of Abraham Lincoln’s Personality

 During a decade of research into the life of Abraham Lincoln, I’ve become convinced that history is not about events. It’s about people. People cause the events that we call history. They are its roots. As such, we must study people to understand our past and learn the lessons they can teach.

I’ve captured my understanding of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Raw—a biographical novel. It’s a journey into his heart and mind, beginning with his boyhood, based on stories told by his contemporaries as well as stories he told about himself.

Following is an outline of my discoveries about Abraham Lincoln and how his personality emerged and the force of his character impacted history. It addresses four areas of inquiry that are essential to understanding one of the most pivotal personalities to set foot on the world stage:

  • What was Lincoln like out of the womb?
  • What preferences grew out of Lincoln’s innate personality?
  • How did Lincoln’s early life influence to his personality development?
  • How did Lincoln’s personality influence his values?

I hope you find the information enlightening, and welcome any contributions or questions you might want to add.

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Abraham Lincoln’s Faith

Posted in Faith, faith, Lincoln, Lincoln Raw, Religion, religion, Research, Themes by DLFowler on April 14, 2014

Abraham Lincoln’s faith is best summarized by his response Connecticut Congressman H.C. Deming during the Civil War, just a few years before his death. The congressman asked Lincoln why he had never joined a church. Lincoln answered, “When any church will inscribe over its altar as its sole qualification for membership the Savior’s condensed statement of both the Law and the Gospel, ‘Thou shall love the Lord with all thy heart, with all thy souls and with all they mind, and thy neighbor as thyself,’ that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul.”

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Lincoln Scholarship – an evolution

Writing about Lincoln is tricky, in part because today’s author must reconcile three distinct periods of Lincoln scholarship that take different slants on who he was and what he believed.

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Lincoln’s Tragedies

I promised to post this a long time ago. Now the wait is over. Lincoln was no failure (see The Myth of Lincoln’s Failures). But he did …

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The Myth of Lincoln’s Failures

Posted in failures, Inspiration, Lincoln, Lincoln Raw, Lincoln's Psychology, Psychology, PTSD, Themes by DLFowler on April 13, 2013

There’s a common myth that Abraham Lincoln experienced a lot of failures before he was elected president.

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Lincoln’s ‘fatal 1st of Jan’ry’

Posted in Lincoln Raw, Lincoln's Psychology, Psychology, Research by DLFowler on January 1, 2013

Lincoln called New Year’s Day 1841 that ‘fatal 1st.’ He had just dishonored himself by breaking his engagement (a legal contract) with Mary Todd a few weeks before New Years Day when on that holiday his closest friend announced his intention to propose to Matilda Edwards (on whom Lincoln had a crush – an over whom he’d acted foolishly. On top of that, Jan 1, 1841 was the day the State of Illinois defaulted on a large debt Lincoln had led the legislature in approving. He believed his political career was finished.

I guess it’s never over ’till it’s over.