Unformatted text preview: his own speeches. William Herndon, Lincoln’s friend and colleague, described his preparation in detail: Mr. Lincon thought his speeches out on his feet walking in the streets: he penned them in small scraps—sentences, & paragraphs, depositing them in his hat for safety. When fully finished, he would recopy, and could always repeat easily by heart. Lincoln’s skill as an orator was especially impressive because he was entirely self-educated. He spent years polishing his speaking abilities. He practiced law for 25 years before he became President. His work in law and politics gave him many opportunities to develop his speaking skills....
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- Fall '11
- Abraham Lincoln, Tyler Liebnau, presidential speech writers