Moolenaar Marks 150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Death

April 15, 2015
Press Release

Today is the 150th anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln was tragically killed by assassin John Wilkes Booth. Yesterday on the House floor, Representative John Moolenaar marked the anniversary with a speech honoring the legacy of our nation’s 16th president.

Click below to watch the video. A transcript of Rep. Moolenaar's remarks is also provided below.

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This week marks the 150th anniversary of the tragic day an assassin’s bullet took President Abraham Lincoln’s life.

There is no greater challenge than leading a nation through an armed conflict against itself – one that divided families and longtime friends.

When responding to criticism of his efforts to save the Union, President Lincoln said “If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.” 

History has vindicated President Lincoln, and now as War Secretary Edwin Stanton said, he “belongs to the ages.” 

Through solemn, humble and steadfast leadership he guided our nation through the crisis; the horrific period of conflict between Fort Sumter and Appomattox.

Sustained by faith, he stood on principle to preserve our country, to correct a nation's moral failing, and to lead a government of, by, and for the people, ever closer toward a more perfect Union.

President Lincoln gave his life – his last full measure of devotion – for our country and he will forever be remembered for his heroic work to preserve our United States of America.