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The landmark reference on Abraham Lincoln has to be Carl Sandburg's 6-volume biography. It won Sandburg his first Pulitzer prize.
I had to read it as a teenager to get my first paid job as a guide in the "Old State House" in Vandalia, Illinois. The job was mine because I finished reading first and retained enough to answer the requisite questions on a test. It was the State Capital when Lincoln was a State Assembly member, as part of the Whig party (before he founded the Republicans). Most people remember the 2nd floor window that Lincoln jumped out of to deny the Democrats a quorum. Ultimately he was caught and escorted back to the Assembly, but the incident brought him National attention that later helped him get elected. The Capital was subsequently moved to Springfield, and the building served as a courthouse for many years, then became a Historic Landmark, and was returned to the configuration and decor of Lincoln's time.
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