Our 16th President

Our 16th President

For those of you who are unaware, Abraham Lincoln is the 16th president, and who we’re talking about today. Lincoln was born in Kentucky to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln in 1809. Him and his family later moved to Illinois in 1830 where he worked at a general store at age 21. Lincoln had taught himself law since his early 20’s, this benefited him greatly since he won a seat as a state legislator  in 1834 and later became a successful lawyer. He had married Mary Todd in 1842 and in 1846, served a term in Congress until he finished and withdrew back to Illinois. Lincoln later returned to politics in 1854 helping build the new republican party in his state. Later in 1858, Lincoln gave his famous house divided speech which said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”In 1860 Lincoln received the Republican Nomination for president and won solely on the North-west states’ ballots alone. Not a single ballot was cast for Lincoln in the southern states, which had succeeded at the time. After the attack on Fort Sumter, Lincoln focused all of his attention on reuniting the splitting nation he saw before him. But eventually war broke out and the Civil War began. After a while, Lincoln made his first solid decision to support abolition by creating the Emancipation Proclamation. This freed the slaves in both the North and Southern states, however this was both good and bad. While it was good to have freed the slaves, neither side was ready for this sudden drastic change in black help in the war or just freedom overall. This helped re-elect Lincoln in 1864 but before that he gave his famous Gettysburg Address, which lasted a smashing 3 minutes. Lincoln did get to see the end of the Civil War in April of 1865, but 3 days after the news of confederate surrender, Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theater in Washington D.C. He was pronounced dead on April 15th, 1865, becoming the first president in history to be assassinated. Abraham Lincoln was an amazing man and his name is now a household name, but at least he died in time to pay his taxes.

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