Lincoln University grew out of respect for Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th President of the United States and honours his name, values and leadership.
Abraham Lincoln stands out not only as America's greatest President but also as its knowledge leader. He earned himself law license in 1836 through the non-traditional way by self-study. He had no chance to receive formal education. He worked as a postmaster during the day and read law cases at night in his log cabin by firelight. He studied with nobody.
Abraham Lincoln committed himself to lifelong learning. Leonard Swett, a lawyer who rides the Eight Judicial Circuit with Lincoln said:
" The way he became educated was by never being ashamed to confess his ignorance of what in fact he did not know, by always asking questions where he could probably elicit information and by studying all his life. I have seen him repeatedly around the circuit with school books..."
Abraham Lincoln, without no formal education or the means of attaining it, attained knowledge through native intelligence, hard work and sacrifice.
In 1985, a meeting was held at Lincoln University in San Francisco California. Gathered there were senior faculty of Lincoln University and the scholars from Harvard University, Indiana State University and Columbia University. They felt that learning could be met in a variety of ways, both traditional and non-traditional, from taking courses to independent study. Based on this philosophy, Lincoln University was formed as an institute of higher learning providing courses in non-traditional ways.