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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln rose from humble frontier roots to become America’s 16th president during one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation’s history. A self-taught lawyer, legislator and outspoken opponent of slavery, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history—revered for preserving the Union during the bitter U.S. Civil War and for ending slavery through his Emancipation Proclamation. 

Abraham Lincoln facts

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, a self-taught lawyer, legislator and vocal opponent of slavery, was elected 16th president of the United States in November 1860, shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War. Lincoln proved to be a shrewd military strategist and a savvy leader: His Emancipation ...read more

Abraham Lincoln making his famous address.Abraham Lincoln making his famous address on 19 November 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg on the site of the American Civil War battle with the greatest number of casualties. Lithograph. (Photo by: Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered remarks, which later became known as the Gettysburg Address, at the official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, on the site of one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of ...read more

Emancipation Proclomation

Emancipation Proclamation

On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” ...read more

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C, 1865. (Credit: Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

On the evening of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at ...read more