By Robert J. Lenz
President
The Abraham Lincoln Association

President Juan Rafael Mora is regarded as the most important political figure of Costa Rica and Central America in the 19th century. It is believed there are many similarities between the life of Lincoln and the life of Mora. In preparation for the February 8, 2014 bicentennial of President Mora, the Club Union and La Tertuilia Del 56 held their first banquet in 2011. Their purpose is scholarship and public education about Mora, similar to the purposes of The Abraham Lincoln Association as to President Lincoln. The organizations are supported by many of the leading citizens, public figures, and scholars of Costa Rica.