Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis in the American Civil War. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy. Lincoln was born in poverty in a log cabin and was raised on the frontier primarily in Indiana. He was self-educated and became a lawyer, Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator, and U.S. Congressman from Illinois. In 1849 he returned to his law practice but became vexed by the opening of additional lands to slavery as a result of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He reentered politics in 1854, becoming a leader in the new Republican Party, and he reached a national audience in the 1858 debates against Stephen Douglas. Lincoln ran for President in 1860, sweeping the North in victory.
|Born:||February 12, 1809, Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Died:||April 15, 1865, Washington, D.C, U.S.|
|Cause of death:||Assassination, (gunshot wound to the head)|
|Political party:||Whig (before 1854), Republican (1854–1864), National Union (1864–1865)|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in|
|Children:||Robert, Edward, Willie, Tad|
|Vice President:||Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson|
|Preceded by:||James Buchanan|
|Succeeded by:||Andrew Johnson|
|IMDb:||Abraham Lincoln's IMDb|
|Rotten Tomatoes:||Abraham Lincoln's Rotten Tomatoes|
About Abraham Lincoln
Sixteenth U.S. President who led the country through the horrific American Civil War and helped abolish slavery with the 13th amendment.
He and a friend purchased a small general store in New Salem, Illinois when he was 23, but they struggled to make it a success and Lincoln soon sold off his share.
He and Democrat Stephen A. Douglas engaged in seven debates during the Senate campaign of 1858, which would become America's most famous political debates.
He married Mary Todd in November 1842 after having previously called off the engagement. His last descendant was grandson Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, who died in 1985.
He was largely self-taught, gaining much of his education from reading and rereading such books as the King James Bible, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Aesop's Fables, and Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography.
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