Abraham Lincoln

(12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865 / Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky)

Abraham Lincoln
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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts to be elected to the United States Senate.

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  • ''You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Joseph Hooker, Jan. 26, 1863. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 78, Rutgers Univer...
  • ''I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Albert G. Hodges, April 4, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 281, Rutgers Un...
  • Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the...
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech, Dec. 3, 1861. First Annual Message to Congress, Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, ed. R...
  • I am anxious to afford some alleviation of your present distress. Perfect relief is not possible, except with time. You can not now realize that you will ever feel better. Is not this so? And yet it i...
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Fanny McCullough, Dec. 23, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 6, p. 16, Rutgers Uni...
  • ''I must, in candor, say I do not think myself fit for the Presidency.''
    Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Thomas J. Pickett, Apr. 16, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 377, Rutgers U...
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  • Goldheart Bird (10/16/2013 6:59:00 PM)

    Abraham Lincoln is one of my favorite presedint in the world! ! : D

  • Corbin Clark (3/26/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    It would cool to find out if he did live from the assassination. They would keep it a secret. That would be cool.

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