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Unformatted text preview: his own speeches. William Herndon, Lincolns 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 scrapssentences, & paragraphs, depositing them in his hat for safety. When fully finished, he would recopy, and could always repeat easily by heart. Lincolns 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