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Lincoln, so widely venerated for his service to the nation in a time of war, had a very  discrete, though not fully discreet, tenure as a statesman. A local lawyer and politician of  some influence in his adopted home state of Illinois, Lincolns rise to widespread  prominence was relatively rapid, and the national spotlight was his for less than a  decade. Despite the intensity of his presidential tenure, his days and works present a  manageable challenge for the biographer, cut short as they were by the assassins bullet  that ended Lincolns life at the age of 56. In a way, this limited period of service helps  make Lincolns achievements all the more digestible, if not always palatable. In the  elementary schoolroom he is hailed as the prophet of emancipation and union, and 
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