Our 16th President of the United States was Remarkable

Basic facts about Abraham’s birth and humble upbringing are known because of his public life as President. Few people know that his life before the age of 40 was marred with failure. Historians credit his remarkable turnaround to the only woman he ever truly loved, Anne Rutledge. Her untimely death from typhoid fever at the age of 22 would leave Abraham Lincoln changed forever. The rest of his life was spent pursuing a political career to change the course of local, state and national life.

His birthday is remembered because of his passion to save the nation from a certain split over the topic of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was a well-read attorney with significant opinions about slavery. On November 6, 1860, he was elected President of the United States as the first President from the Republican Party. Not one person in 10 of the 15 southern slave states voted for Lincoln because of his stance on slavery.

Throughout the Civil War, President Lincoln’s leadership was focused on maintaining a unified nation. On January 31, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves in the United States. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assinated while attending a play at the Ford Theatre. He died nine hours later.

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