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2. Abraham Lincoln
1861-1865
3. Birthplace
February 12, 1809
Hardin County, Kentucky
4. Family
Son of Kentucky frontiersman
Both parents born in Virginia
Father moved from KY to Indiana when he was 8
Mother died when he was 10
Married Mary Todd
Had 4 boys, only one of whom lived to maturity
5. No Formal Education
Made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge
Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher but that was all.
6. His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest
Worked on a farm
Split rails for fences
Keeping store at New Salem, Illinois
Captain in the Black Hawk War
Spent 8 years in the Illinois legislature
7. 1858
Ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator
He lost but his debates gained him a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860
8. First Inaugural Address
In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it.
9. Secession ILLEGAL
Willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union
10. 11. President Lincoln
Built the Republican Party into a strong national organization
Rallied most northern Democrats to the Union cause
Jan. 1, 1863 issued the Emancipation Proclamation
12. Civil War
that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish for the earth.
- Gettysburg Address
13. Re-election in 1864
Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war
14. Second Inaugural Address
With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nations wounds
15. April 14, 1865 Good Friday
Lincoln was assassinated at Fords Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth who somehow thought he was helping the South.