Who first said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”?
Answer: On this day in 1858, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous “house divided” speech in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln paraphrased a passage from the New Testament: “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln made the speech when he accepted the Illinois Republican Party’s nomination to run as that state’s U.S. senator against Stephen A. Douglas. The speech talked about the danger of disunion because of slavery. Lincoln lost the close Senate race of 1858, but the speech earned him national attention and ultimately paved the way for his election to the presidency in 1860.
Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.
Born: 12 February 1809, Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Height: 1.93 m
Assassinated: 15 April 1865, Petersen House, Washington, D.C., United States
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