Presidents of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

Early Life

Davis and Lincoln were both born in Kentucky (a slave state), oddly less than ten miles apart. Lincoln was born into a poor family, with a brother and sister, and Davis was born into a family of ten.

Pre-War Life

Abraham Lincoln married Mary Lincoln and had three sons. He also lived and studied law in Springfield. He was a very successful lawyer. After the death of Davis's first wife he moved to a plantation in Davis Bend Mississippi. He later married his second wife and had four sons and two daughters.

Where did they live?

-Jefferson Davis lived on a plantation in Davis Bend, Mississippi in 1835. After the death of his first wife.

-Abraham Lincoln lived in different parts of Kentucky throughout his life.

Important events throughout their lifetimes:

All of the major events that happened during their lifetimes were based in the Civil War ( Save for the War of 1812) or were connected in some way. For instance, the Dred Scott case, the Compromise of 1850, The Gettysburg Address, and the Second Inaugural Address. Davis opposed the compromise of 1850, and Lincoln was the author of the speeches.

How did they impact history?

Lincoln led the Union from 1861 to 1865. He was the president during the Civil War and was later assassinated.

Davis was the leader of the confederacy during the Civil War and was the president of the Confederate States of America.

Political Beliefs:

Davis was a democrat who believed in slavery and wanted to spread it throughout America. While Lincoln was a Republican who did not like the idea of slavery.

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