· Born on February 12, 1809
· in Hardin County, Kentucky
· First president from the Republican Party
· Inauguration in March of 1861
· Opposed the expansion of slavery into federal territories
· Declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday
· famous for his role in ending slavery in the United States with the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation
· Died on April 15, 1865 in Washington, D.C.