Early Life

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin in Sinking Spring Farm.



Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 am on April 15, 1865. He was 56 years old. He was shot by John Wilkes Booth.

Law Practice

Abraham Lincoln Law Career

Abraham Lincoln was a self taught lawyer. In September 1836 he was admitted to the bar, allowing him to practice law in Illinois. His first law firm...

Career Before Presidency

First Administration

Second Administration


Reconstruction was part of the contest for the next presidential elections. Lincoln was reelected on the belief that he should better finish the...

The 1860 Presidential Election

Presidential Candidate

Lincoln made his official announcement at the Illinois Republican Nominating Convention that took place in Decatur on May 9-10.

Presidential Elections

Lincoln and Hamlin won 180 Electoral College votes. Republicans won in all free states except for New Jersey.

Civil War

Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation on grounds of military policy not on principle It was Benjamin Franklin in 1790 who first addressed Congress in his famous...

View on Slavery

Lincoln’s View on Slavery

His position on social and political equality of blacks and whites would evolve over the years taking a turning point during his two terms as...


"My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia,–to their own native land".