The Presidents of the USA
Hardin County, KY
Civil War — Emancipation — assassinated on April 14, 1865
Hannibal Hamlin (1861-1864), Andrew Johnson (1865)
key background fact:
Gained the support of his party after a speech in NY (1860)
Land Surveyor, Lawyer
Captain of State militia, Illinois
"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
- 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
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.
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.