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December 1, 1864
After Attorney General Bates resigns, President Lincoln appoints James Speed of Kentucky to the office.

December 2, 1819
Lincoln's widowed father Thomas and Sarah Bush Johnston are married in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

December 3, 1838
Lincoln is present at the opening of the Illinois Eleventh General Assembly in Vandalia and manages the bill which moves the state capital to Springfield.

Today in Lincoln's Life

Lincoln's Words
"The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us."
--Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861

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  • December 10 Assassination Lecture, Reading, PA

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