5. President Abraham Lincoln and Mexican President Benito Juarez had a close personal friendship that played a key role in both of their victories. “In 1862 Mexico faced an invader from France, while the United States defended the Union and the equality of all men,” explains the Hon. Luis Maldonado-Venegas, Government of Puebla Secretary of Education. “Both struggles not just coincided in time, but also coincided in an inalienable principle: freedom of our citizens.” This relationship is only now being explored more carefully by historians, and is so significant that the the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and the State of Puebla, Mexico have entered into a scholar and historic research partnership by announcing their first Lincoln-Juarez Historical Literary Essay Scholarship Competition. The essay contest is open to all US college students who are enrolled at the time of entry.