From humble beginnings, Lincoln's basic trait of character, the role of chance or accident and his great capacity for growth enabled, possibly, the least experienced and most poorly prepared man ever to become the greatest American President of all times.


Early Life

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

Career Before Presidency

Illinois Legislature

Young Abraham was very popular in New Salem, in 1832 residents suggested him to run for the State Legislature.

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

“In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free”. Emancipation on grounds of military policy not on principle It was Benjamin...


John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth was an actor and a confederate sympathizer who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theater on April 14, 1865.

Last Speech by Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln last public address was given on April 11, 1865 outside of the White House. Two days earlier General Ulysses Grant had defeated the...