Abraham Lincoln

The United States of America's 16th President

Biography

Born: February 12th, 1809

Death by assassination: April 14th, 1865

Born and raised on frontier farms in Kentucky and Indiana with his dad and stepmom. His real mom died when he was 9. He married Mary Todd Lincoln had had 4 kids, only 1 survived to adulthood.

Career Before Presidency

In 1834, Lincoln won the first of his four two-year terms to the Illinois state assembly. As a state legislator, he generally supported internal improvements and the development of the nation's resources and was soon the leader of the Whig minority. In addition to his work in the assembly, Lincoln began to study law. After moving to the new state capital in Springfield, he was admitted to the bar in 1836. In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd, and in 1846, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In his single term in the House, Lincoln opposed the Mexican-American War and the extension of slavery into the territories and supported the right of voters in the District of Columbia to be able to abolish slavery.

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

Honest Abe's Popularity

Abraham Lincoln only had 40% of the popular vote in the 1860 election, and only a 25% approval rating throughout the nation. In the 1864 election the popular vote rose to 54%. Only after his assassination did his popularity soar. He is now known as one of the greatest presidents of all time.


http://www.civilwar.org/hallowed-ground-magazine/unpopular-mr-lincoln.html

"Don't Swap Horses in the Middle of the Stream"

Cabinet Members

William Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Simon Cameron and Edward Bates, Montgomery Blair, Hannibal Hamlin, Edwin Stanton, Gideon Welles, and Andrew Johnson.

Honest Abe Today

Personally I believe Abraham Lincoln was a great leader because he united the United States and ended slavery. However, he did not have any foreign issues to deal with. His inexperience with other countries would ultimately lead to his failure if he were to be president today.