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city and district (1991 pop. 79,980), county seat of LincolnshireLincolnshire
, county (1991 pop. 573,900), 2,662 sq mi (6,895 sq km), E England, on the North Sea and The Wash. The county seat is Lincoln. It was formerly divided into three administrative counties: the Parts of Holland, the Parts of Kesteven, and the Parts of Lindsey.
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, E England, in the Parts of Kesteven, on the Witham River. Located at the junction of the Roman Fosse Way and Ermine Street, the city is a center of road and rail transportation. Manufactures include heavy machinery, light-metal products, automobile and electronic parts, and food products.

Lincoln was an ancient British settlement, the Roman Lindum or Lindum Colonia, and was one of the Five Boroughs of the Danes. Lincoln Castle, begun by William I in 1068, was contested in the civil war between Matilda and Stephen (12th cent.). The town was burned in the 12th cent.; three parliaments were held in Lincoln in the 14th cent. Parliamentarians captured it in 1644.

For centuries horse races and fairs have been held in Lincoln. The Lincoln Cathedral, first built from 1075 to 1501, has a central tower 271 ft (83 m) high, containing the famous bell "Great Tom of Lincoln." One of the few extant copies of the Magna Carta is in the cathedral. In Lincoln are teacher-training, theological, art, and technical colleges.


county: see LincolnshireLincolnshire
, county (1991 pop. 573,900), 2,662 sq mi (6,895 sq km), E England, on the North Sea and The Wash. The county seat is Lincoln. It was formerly divided into three administrative counties: the Parts of Holland, the Parts of Kesteven, and the Parts of Lindsey.
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1 City (1990 pop. 15,418), seat of Logan co., central Ill., in a farm area; inc. 1865. It is a shipping and industrial center in an agricultural area with light manufacturing. The city was platted and promoted (1853) with the aid of Abraham Lincoln and named for him when he was still an unknown country lawyer. Lincoln practiced law there from 1847 to 1859, and buildings and places associated with him have been preserved or reconstructed. A state school for the mentally retarded is in the city.

2 City (1990 pop. 191,972), state capital, and seat of Lancaster co., SE Nebr.; inc. 1869. It is the railroad, trade, and industrial center for a large grain and livestock area. Cattle are slaughtered and processed; there is printing and publishing; and beverages, construction materials, electronics, motorcycles, sports equipment, valves and cylinders, asphalt, and automotive parts are among its manufactures. A number of insurance companies have their home offices there. Founded in 1864 as Lancaster, the city was chosen as the site of the capital in 1867 and renamed. It is the seat of the Univ. of Nebraska, Union College, and Nebraska Wesleyan Univ. A planetarium, an art gallery and sculpture garden, the state historical society and its museum, and a performing arts center are in the city. The state penitentiary and several hospitals are also there. The state capitol, designed by B. G. Goodhue, with sculptures by Lee LawrieLawrie, Lee
, 1877–1963, American sculptor, b. Germany. Brought to America as an infant, he studied with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny. Lawrie specialized in architectural sculpture. Among his works are decorations for the U.S.
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, was completed in 1934. William Jennings BryanBryan, William Jennings
, 1860–1925, American political leader, b. Salem, Ill. Although the nation consistently rejected him for the presidency, it eventually adopted many of the reforms he urged—the graduated federal income tax, popular election of senators, woman
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 lived in Lincoln from 1887 to 1916; his home is preserved.

3 Town (1990 pop. 18,045), Providence co., NE R.I.; set off from Smithfield and inc. 1871. Once a textile town, its manufactures include wire, tubing, metal parts, and thread. Limestone has been quarried there since colonial times. Many pre-Revolutionary houses and a state park are in the town.

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a city in the USA on Salt Creek (Missouri Basin). Capital of the state of Nebraska. Population, 149,500 (1970). The food industry is represented by flour mills, creameries, and slaughterhouses. Agricultural machinery is produced in Lincoln. There is a university.



a city in Great Britain, on the Witham River; the center of the county of Lincolnshire. Population, 74,200 (1971). It has machine-building (stationary motors, mining, construction, and excavating equipment, gas turbines, automobile parts, electrical engineering articles, and agricultural machinery) and food industries.

The irregular medieval plan of the city has been preserved. Monuments include an ancient Roman gate; two pre-Romanesque church towers; Romanesque houses, churches, and a donjon (middle of the 12th century); and a Gothic town hall and bridge (both constructed in the 15th century). The well-known Lincoln Cathedral (1075–1380) has Romanesque portals; Gothic elements include the richly decorated facade, the nave, and the choir (which includes the eastern Angel Choir; c. 1256— 1320). The cathedral has three slender towers.


Hill, J. W. F. Medieval Lincoln. Cambridge, 1948.
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Abraham. 1809--65, US Republican statesman; 16th president of the US His fame rests on his success in saving the Union in the Civil War (1861-- 65) and on his emancipation of slaves (1863); assassinated by Booth


1. a city in E central England, administrative centre of Lincolnshire: an important ecclesiastical and commercial centre in the Middle Ages; Roman ruins, a castle (founded by William the Conqueror) and a famous cathedral (begun in 1086). Pop.: 85 963 (2001)
2. a city in SE Nebraska: state capital; University of Nebraska (1869). Pop.: 235 594 (2003 est.)
3. short for Lincolnshire
4. a breed of long-woolled sheep, originally from Lincolnshire
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The author is indebted to many others, but two deserve special mention: Professor John Hagemann, who provided wisdom about life and books about Abraham Lincoln for almost two decades; and Mary Green Vickrey, for whom the author has failed repeatedly to find adequate words to express his love and gratitude for more than four decades.
Over the past three years, Lincoln has donated USD300,000 to various charitable organizations on behalf of "Lincoln Intelligence Project" winners to encourage community involvement and create brand awareness through interactive intelligence games.
All of the new Lincoln cars were provided by Lincoln of Troy.
Foner states in his Preface that, "the hallmark of Lincoln's greatness was his capacity for growth." (1) Though Lincoln is often portrayed as constantly growing, Foner also manages to shed the reverential tone that has allowed--or encouraged- many others to minimize less comfortable aspects of Lincoln's racial beliefs.
Eugenio Biagini argues that Italian and German reformers mapped Lincoln and events in the United States onto their own desires for national unification, liberty, and socio-political reform.
One challenge in telling the story of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield is deciding which story to tell.
One of the book's themes is Lincoln's personal and intellectual development, from the limited opportunities in the frontier wilderness of Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois to his iconic status as America's greatest president.
In much the same way that Wilentz objects to the identification of Obama with Lincoln, he objects to Stauffer's comparison of Frederick Douglass to Lincoln.
Eventually, six acres of that plot became a part of what is now known as ( the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site , an 86-acre park dedicated to Lincoln and his family, as well as life in the 1840s.
Abraham Lincoln adored music his entire life, but he also understood how to harness its power to motivate listeners and shape attitudes.
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