It’s Not the Years in Your Life that Count. It’s the Life in Your Years

by MSO

Abraham Lincoln became president in March 1861 and remained in that position until he was assassinated on April 14, 1865.

The Lincoln Memorial was built to honor America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. It was built by architect Henry Bacon, who gave the memorial 36 doric columns to represent the 36 states in union at the time of President Lincoln’s death. There are two more columns in the entrance as well as a 19 foot statue of Lincoln, sculpted by Daniel Chester French. The statue is surrounded by engraved readings of the Gettysburg Address, his second inaugural address, and murals by French painter Jules Guerin. The Lincoln Memorial has been a popular site for political events and speeches. on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his favorite “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

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