Abraham Lincoln was a very big man; he was six foot four inches tall and weighed one hundred and eighty pounds. He had black hair and a dark complexion. He had a black beard. He had gray eyes with black eyebrows. His physical description was considered lean and lanky. He was known to wear black clothes and a black top hat. He was a friendly, easy going, compassionate man. His temper was earnest, yet controlled and frank. He was a guarded, patient, forgiving and very energetic man. He can be described as an awkward young stranger, wearing homemade pants shrunken above his shoe tops.
He was known to be a friendly man, although it was not easy to get to know Mr. Lincoln. Even the people that he was close friends with agreed that he was not an easy man to understand. Pennsylvania Republican leader Alexander K. McClure wrote: “I regard Lincoln as very widely misunderstood in one of the most important attributes of his character”.
Mr. Lincoln gave his confidence to no living man without reservation. He trusted many, but he only trusted after studying the individuals and with limitations of their usefulness. When he did trust, he confided as a rule, only to the extent necessary to make that trust available. He trusted and had faith in all men, but he was also distrustful by nature or because of any especially selfish attribute of his character, thus he limited his confidence in all his intercourse with men. As President, he sometimes baffled his Cabinet members who did not share his mix of humor and melancholy.
Mr. Lincoln was anti-slavery and he did not have an issue making this issue clear to the public. He was also considered to be anti-black. He did believe that blacks should be educated enough to have a political views, which means they should also have the right to vote and have a say in our politics. He felt they should have the same economic status as everyone else and have the...