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Abraham Lincoln

Few facts about Abraham Lincoln who abolished slavery

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United states of America. He was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Kentuky. Here are a few interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln had a sister Sarah, who was two years and two days older than he was. A younger brother Thomas, died in infancy. Lincoln’s mother the illegimate Nancy Hanks, died when Lincoln was only 9 years old. Later his father Thomas Lincoln married Sarah Bush Johnston shortly after Nancy’s death and young Abe immediately bonded with his stepmother. A bright woman, she encouraged Abe’s education. Lincoln grew up living the wilderness of Kentuky and Indiana. During his entire life he had less the one full year of formal education, but thanks to his stepmother he was taught to read and write and do arithmetic at an early age. In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd.

Lincoln served on the Illinois state legislature for several terms. During that time he studied the law and began to work as a lawyer. He ran U.S congress in 1845. He won the election and served as a congress man for one term. Later, Lincoln ran for the U.S senate, he did not win but he did gain national recognition for his arguments against slavery during the debates. In 1860, Lincoln ran for presidency of the united States. He was a member of fairly new Republican party. In Lincoln’s inauguration speech, he said that secession was anarchic and illegal. He would hold or repossess all federal property.

10 Facts about Abraham Lincoln

  1. The young Abraham Lincoln described himself as “a piece of floating driftwood”

  2. Abraham Lincoln argued a case in front of the United States supreme court-and lost.

  3. Abraham Lincoln is only President in American history to hold a patent.

  4. Lincoln lost five separate elections before being elected President.

  5. Lincoln risked his life while fulfilling his duties as commander-in-chef of the American Military.

  6. Lincoln violated some civil liberties to further the war effort.

  7. Lincoln proclaimed all persons held as slaves in states of the rebellion “forever free.”

  8. Lincoln campaigned against his former general.

  9. Lincoln desired a forgiving reconstruction.

  10. Lincoln was not the only member of his administration to be attacked on the night of april 14, 1865.

Lincoln is most famous for leading the country during the American civil war. His leadership in the North helped the country to remain strong and defeat the south keeping the country united. He also pushed for the freedom off all slaves throughout the nation. The civil war began on April 12, 1861 at fort Sumter in South Carolina just a month after Lincoln took office. On january 1, 1863 Lincoln issued the Emancipation proclamation. This was an order that freed the slaves in the confederate states. The civil war finally ended on April 9 1865, when General Robert E lee surrendered at the Apponmatto court House in Virgina. Lincoln wanted the country to heal, forgive, and rebuild. He wanted to be generous to the southern states in helping them during the reconstruction. Unfortunately, he would not live to see the country rebuild.

Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes booth while attending on April 15, 1865. Abraham Lincoln is famous for the Gettsburg address, abolishing slavery and being one of the four Presidents who have been assassinated.

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