Abraham Lincoln, 1860-1865.
"From eight o’clock in the morning to past midnight of each day for four years, the President…has given audience to a constant stream of committees, visitors, officers, and delegated and self-constituted representatives of the people, from all sections, parties and conditions of men. He has heard their complaints, answered their arguments and considered their wishes, with a patience none of his predecessors ever exhibited, and with a democratic spirit of equality which Washington or Jackson would have regarded as inconsistent with the dignity of their position. Whatever grievance came before him for redress, whatever appointment for his sanction, he has at all times entered into its investigation with all the energy of his body, mind and conscience, and, not content with doing what was right, he has labored until he succeeded in convincing those with whom he was brought in contact and into conflict, that he had done right. All this vast labor has not been performed without a visible effect upon the physical powers of the man who has accomplished it." [x]