This is part of a series called Presidential Free Association. I post the first word that comes to mind when I hear the name of the president along with a brief explanation.
As a young man, Lincoln earned a reputation as a rail splitter of considerable physical strength. Later, he became known as a lawyer of good-humored intelligence and a politician with unusual moral fiber. He survived the loss of his son during his presidency and battled what modern scholars diagnose as clinical depression. He held a nation together through its most difficult period, and it was his strength that helped him do it.