Lincoln casts quite a shadow in history. There was a grand speech before Lincoln’s at Gettysburg in 1863 by Edward Everett, a well-known orator.
Speaking for 2 hours and over 13,000 words Everett’s speech was complex, referencing Ancient Greece and using terms in Latin. Today Everett’s speech is largely “invisible.”
Lincoln spoke only for 2 minutes, and his 272 words are inscribed on the Lincoln Memorial.