The Presidents of the USA

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Abraham Lincoln
1861-1865


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birthplace

Hardin County, KY

birthday

February 12

Life

1809-1865

age

OFC:52 , d. 56

party

Republican

presidency highlights

Civil War — Emancipation — assassinated on April 14, 1865

nickname:

Honest Abe

vice-president:

Hannibal Hamlin (1861-1864), Andrew Johnson (1865)
picture of President Abraham Lincoln

previous office

Congressman (Illinois)

key background fact:

Gained the support of his party after a speech in NY (1860)

occupation

Land Surveyor, Lawyer

military service

Captain of State militia, Illinois

children

4:   4 boys

wife:

Mary Todd (1842)

height

6' 4'' / 1.93 m

higher education

None

religion

unaffiliated Christian

 

quote

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. "

actions & events

  • 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves
  • 1863 Gettysburg Address
  • 1865 Assassinated by John Wilkes Booth

economy

    foreign affairs

      military activity

      • 1863-1865 Civil War

      unique facts

      • At 6 ft., 4", he was the tallest president
      • First president with a beard
      • First Republican president
      • His death was the first assassination of a US president

      interesting

      He had great interest in psychic phenomena.
      His son, Robert, who was in DC when his father was killed, was also present when Garfield was shot (1881) and McKinley was shot in 1901.

      military activity

      • 1863-1865 Civil War

      Legacy

      The greatest U.S. President. He won the Civil War and preserved the Union. His twin policies, emancipation of slaves and reconciliation of North and South, were his greatest legacies.

      Lincoln’s assassination

      Lincoln’s assassination