Abraham Lincoln was known as the Great Emancipator. He was also noted for his intense honesty and often called Honest Abe. He served as the President of the United States of America from March of 1861 until in death, by assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, in April of 1865. Abraham Lincoln was president number 16 in the history of presidents the United States.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 in 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. His life was ended by what his killer considered to be the last act of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln presided over the United States as president of the Union during the Civil War and John Wilkes Booth was a supporter of the Southern cause during the long battle. Booths act of murder was also an act of vengeance.
Abraham Lincoln had an older sister named Sarah and a younger brother named Thomas. Thomas died as an infant in arms. Abraham Lincoln’s mother died when he was the age of nine years old. His father, Thomas quickly re-married Sarah Bush Johnson. Sarah was a mother of 3 from a previous marriage from which she was widowed. Abraham and his step-mother grew to have a strong bond. She encouraged his love of learning and of education.
Abraham Lincoln‘s strong love of education led to his becoming a lawyer after reading Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England. This self-taught lawyer was admitted to the bar in 1837. He began practicing law at the law firm of John T. Stuart. Lincoln partnered with William Herndon in 1844 as a legal team.
He became engaged to his future wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in 1840 and the couple married in 1842 after a brief break-up. Robert Lincoln was their only child, of the four who were born, who reached adulthood. Abraham Lincoln’s first foray into politics began in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1847 to 1849.
Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated in 1862 and began his fight against slavery. The United States Civil War ensued and Lincoln led the Union to victory. Abraham Lincoln was a fair and gentle man whose life was ended because he stood firm in his belief that all men are created equal. His life was ended on April 14 of 1865 in Washington, D.C. at Ford’s Theater by the Confederate sympathizer, Booth and his compatriots.