Presidential Project

Abraham Lincoln


Term: 16th President of the United States (1861 – 1865)

Born: February 12, 1809, Hardin County, Kentucky

Political Party: Whig; Republican

Died: April 15, 1865

Background History

Abraham Lincoln grew up in a rough childhood where him and his family struggled to get by. Lincoln worked many jobs in his adolescent years. He moved into politics and won a seat in Illinois Legislature when he was 25. Lincoln served on the Illinois state Legislature for several terms. He studied law and began to work as a lawyer and ran for the U.S Congress in 1845. In 1860, Lincoln ran for President of U.S and was a member of the fairly new republican party.

Schooling | Education

Abraham Lincoln first went to school in the winter of 1815-1816 when he was six years old. Abraham had very little education, but had a strong interest in books and learning. He taught himself by borrowing books. Abraham's sister taught him and encouraged him to write. When he got tired of doing arithmetic, he would write poems. Many years later he wrote about how hard it was to find a school teacher.

Accomplishments | Events

  • Lincoln Becomes President on November 6 ,1860
On this day, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States of America and he was the first 'Republican' to become President. He won over 3 other candidates and only got 40% of the popular vote.
  • Lincoln Abolishes Slavery In Columbia on April 16 ,1862
Abraham Lincoln, signed an act abolishing slavery in the district of Columbia. It was ¨An important step in the long march towards freedom, citizenry & equal rights for African-Americans¨.

  • He signed the first of the Homestead Acts, allowing poor people to obtain land.


Events while in office : Start of the Civil War: The American Civil War started on April 12th, 1861. The first act was a 33-hour bombardment on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Lincoln led the country through the American Civil War.

Emancipation proclamation: Lincoln signed an order to free all slaves in Confederate states. While this did not completely abolish slavery in the country, it was by far the biggest turning point in American history regarding slavery.

Legislative Actions : Abraham Lincoln made the decision to fight to prevent the nation from splitting apart.

Abraham Lincoln was an unfaltering commander in chief during the Civil War which preserved the United States as one nation.

Abraham Lincoln's foreign policy was successful in preventing other countries from intervening in America's Civil War.


¨Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.¨

¨Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.¨

¨And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.¨


Our nation thought he was good because he is a symbol of the American Dream and that he helped promote salves to be closer to freedom.

If Abraham Lincoln were still alive today, he would vote for Donald Trump because he they are both Republicans.