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Abraham Lincoln

Sign the Emancipation Proclamation with Honest Abe

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. He successfully led his country through its greatest internal crisis, the Civil War, only to be assassinated less than a week after the war's end.

Before his election as President, Lincoln was a lawyer, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate. As an outspoken opponent of the expansion of slavery in the United States, Lincoln won the Republican Party nomination in 1860 and was elected president later that year.

  • February 12, 1809: Abraham Lincoln was born
  • 1832: Lincoln began his political career with an unsuccessful campaign for the Illinois General Assembly
  • 1860: Chosen as the Republican Presidential Candidate and elected the 16th President of the United States
  • 1863: The Emancipation Proclamation put into effect
  • 1865: Abraham Lincoln was assassinated

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