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Abraham Lincoln

What Number President was He?


Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, assumed office in 1861, notably issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which declared slaves within the Confederacy forever free.

In his Inaugural Address, Lincoln warned the South that the decision for civil war rested in their hands, expressing his solemn commitment to preserve and defend the government.

Raised in Kentucky by modest means, Lincoln struggled for education and livelihood. Prior to his nomination for President, he reflected on his life's journey, revealing his determination to learn, work, and serve.

Lincoln's pursuit of knowledge persisted while he worked on a farm, split rails, and managed a store in Illinois. A captain in the Black Hawk War, a legislative member, and a circuit court participant, his ambition was ceaseless.

Married to Mary Todd with four sons, Lincoln ran for Senate in 1858, gaining national attention through his debates with Stephen A. Douglas. This propelled him to secure the Republican nomination for President in 1860.

During his presidency, Lincoln fortified the Republican Party nationally and rallied most northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, liberating slaves within the Confederacy.

Unwavering in his conviction that the Civil War embodied a broader purpose, Lincoln eloquently articulated this during the dedication of the Gettysburg military cemetery. Re-elected in 1864 as Union victories heralded the end of war, he demonstrated flexibility and generosity in his peace planning.

Tragically, Lincoln's life was cut short when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. While Booth believed he was aiding the South, the result was the opposite: Lincoln's death extinguished the prospect of a magnanimous peace.

Abraham Lincoln

“If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend.” “Perhaps a man's character is like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” “I am not concerned that you have fallen; I am concerned that you arise.”

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