Was the 16th president the nation's best?
Certainly, Washington was indispensable to the successful founding of this country. Without him, America could never have been established as a working republic and a democratically ruled country. However, Lincoln enabled the country to survive its greatest threat, which was disunion. If he had not succeeded in reuniting the country, there are strong doubts in my mind as to whether democracy on the American model could have survived.
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