Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

US President

Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865.

Full Name
Feb 12, 1809
Apr 15, 1865
6′ 4″
Net Worth


Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was the second child of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and he had one older sister named Sarah. His family later moved to Indiana when he was nine years old and then to Illinois when he was 21. 

Lincoln's mother died when he was nine, and his father remarried two years later. Abraham had a very close relationship with his stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln.

Lincoln attended public schools briefly throughout his childhood but did not receive a formal education because of the lack of schooling in rural areas at the time. He taught himself from borrowed books and became a lawyer by studying law on his own without attending law school.

He began practicing law in Springfield, Illinois, and soon entered politics as a Whig Party member. He served four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives between 1834 and 1842 and also served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1847-49. In 1860, he won the presidential election against three other candidates and was sworn into office at age 52 on March 4th 1861. During his presidency, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared all slaves free in 1863 and ended slavery in the United States. He was re-elected for a second term in 1865 but was assassinated shortly after at Ford’s Theatre on April 15th 1865 by John Wilkes Booth.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1809</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Abraham Lincoln is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1832</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Runs for State Legislature</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Lincoln runs for the Illinois state legislature and is elected.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1854</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Delivers His Lyceum Address</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Abraham Lincoln delivers his famous Lyceum Address in Springfield, Illinois.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1860</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Elected President of the United States</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of the United States.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1863</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Issues the Emancipation Proclamation</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the Confederate states.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1865</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Ends Civil War with Confederate Surrender</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">April 1865</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Assassinated at Ford's Theatre</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Abraham Lincoln is assassinated while attending a performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He Ended Slavery</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Abraham Lincoln is revered for his efforts to end slavery in the United States. His Emancipation Proclamation declared that all persons held as slaves were free, and he fought hard to ensure the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery.</p></div>


    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Preserved the Union</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Lincoln is also remembered for his efforts to preserve the Union during the Civil War. He was a strong advocate for reuniting the country, and his leadership was instrumental in ending the war. He is often credited with saving the Union.</p></div>


    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Was Committed to Equality</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Lincoln was also deeply committed to equality and justice. He believed that all people should be treated equally regardless of race or creed, and he worked tirelessly to ensure that those ideals were upheld. This commitment to equality has made him an enduring symbol of justice and fairness.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First President to be Assassinated</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated while in office. On April 14, 1865, he was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Started in Local Politics</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming president, Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois State Legislature for 8 years and the U.S House of Representatives for one term.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> A Self Taught Lawyer</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Abraham Lincoln was a self-taught lawyer, studying law on his own after being inspired by stories from his father who worked as a county surveyor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Wrote the Gettysburg Address in Two Days</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Abraham Lincoln wrote one of the most famous speeches in US history - The Gettysburg Address - in just two days.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Tallest President in History</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president at 6' 4" tall, making him an imposing figure in the White House.</p></div>


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