October 30, 1861
As October 1860 neared a close, so did that year’s critical presidential election. On October 30, a Republican paper entitled the Wigwam (named for the Chicago building where Republicans had held their national convention) published excerpts from an 1858 speech Lincoln had given about slavery.
In that speech Lincoln affirmed his belief that the drafters of the Declaration of Independence (a document he cherished) meant exactly what they said when they wrote that “all men are created equal.”
To distill the essence of his speech into tweet-form, the future president would have had to split it into two tweets. But, of course, we are accustomed to the current occupant of the White House posting five or more Tweets to make a point.
Lincoln’s first Tweet:
“. . .All men are created equal.” This was [the founders’] lofty, wise, noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures.(140 characters)
Nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows. (134 characters)
This was neither the first no last time Lincoln would support his views on slavery with the Declaration of Independence.
Short, simple, and powerful.
Editor’s Note: I have helped Lincoln craft his words into Tweet form. The addition of brackets in Tweet one condense his original oratory to the correct character count. Emphasis on the word all is moved back by two sentences. He certainly emphasized the word in his original speech.