On this long, near balmy holiday weekend, ECA remembers and honors.
His father could only sign his name with an X.
As a child and young man, he suffered the loss of his mother, sister, and first girlfriend. As a father, he buried two of his sons.
He memorized long sections of Shakespeare and Homer, taught himself Euclidean geometry, and the law.
He opposed the War on Mexico.
He believed every child in America should have access to public school.
He saved and liberated the Union.
And in his words we find the charge for our country and ourselves to listen to the better angels of our nature.