1809 – Born on the 12th of February. 16th President of the United States of America.
1834-1849 - Member of Illinois state legislature (Whig).1847 - Representative from Illinois (Whig)
1837-1865 - Held private law practice in Springfield, Illinois
1854 - 1856 - candidate for Republican vice-presidential nomination. Publicly argued against Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
1858 - Unsuccessfully seeking election to Senate , engaged incumbent Stephen Douglas in series of debates (Lincoln-Douglas debates), accepting slavery in states where already practiced but criticizing Douglas' willingness to extend slavery into territories
1861-1865 - 16th president of US (1st Republican president). Oversaw Union during Civil War. Signed Homestead Act 1862 (granting public land to squatters after five years of settlement). Issued Emancipation Proclamation. as symbolic gesture, freed all slaves in secessionist states and regions). After battle of Gettysburg, delivered Gettysburg Address (dedicating Gettysburg battleground as monument to troops killed there)
1865 - Assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater. Perennially ranked as one of the two or three greatest presidents.
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- "If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
- "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
- "Corporations have been enthroned .... An era of corruption in high places will follow and the money power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people... until wealth is aggregated in a few hands ... and the Republic is destroyed."
- "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal...We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
- "The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."