16th US president Abraham Lincoln


Lifetime: 1809 - 1865 Passed: ≈ 159 years ago


16th U.S. President


United States

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, the country's greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

He was an accomplished wrestler as a young man. Defeated only once in approximately 300 matches.

On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.

Books by Abraham Lincoln

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Lincoln at Cooper Union

Political Science Speech
Slavery Cooper Union February 1860 events New York Speeches by Abraham Lincoln 1860 speeches 1860 in the United States 1860 in politics

On 27 February 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave this address at the Cooper Union in New York City. When he gave the speech, Lincoln was considered by many to be just a country lawyer. After he gave the speech, he soon became his party’s nominee for preside...

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The Gettysburg Address

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Military Short Works Civil War

The Gettysburg Address is a speech that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on the afternoon of November 19, 1863, four and a half mo...

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Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Addresses

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Slavery Politics Liberty Race political America Civil War United States

Lincoln's first inaugural address was delivered on March 4th, 1861, as the North and South were sliding towards separation and Civil War. His second inaugural, given just weeks before his assassination, was also delivered on March 4th but four years...

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Noted Speeches of Abraham Lincoln

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Debate Literature Literary Collections Speeches Sketches

A few of Lincoln's most famous speeches and the Lincoln-Douglas debate make for historic reading.

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Emancipation Proclamation

After having written and released an initial draft of this proclamation in September of 1862, minor changes were made and Lincoln signed it on January 1st, 1863. It declared free the slaves in 10 states not then under Union control, with exemptions s...

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State of the Union Addresses by United States Presidents (1861 - 1868)

The State of the Union address is a speech presented by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress, typically delivered annually. The address not only reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the...