American Presidents

Read a letter from President Lincoln

Portrait Gallery

Did You Know?

• On January 23, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
• He was the first president to be assassinated. He was shot five days after the end of the Civil War.
• He was the first president born outside of the original thirteen colonies.
• Just one month after his inauguration, the Civil War began.


Key Events in the Administration

Abraham Lincoln
(February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865)

Life Facts

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• First Lady: Mary Todd Lincoln, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Mary Todd
• Number of Children: 4
• Education Level: No College
• Religion: No specific denomination
• Profession: Clerk, Military, Lawyer, Store Owner
• Military Service: Captain

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1861 - 4/15/1865
• Presidency Number: 16
• Number of Terms: 2
• Why Presidency Ended: Assassination
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson
• House of Representatives: Illinois (1847-1849)
• State Legislative Service: IL (1834-1842)
• Other Offices: Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
Gravesite: Oak Ridge Cemetery
Museum: The Lincoln Memorial
Home: Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Other Sites: Fords Theatre National Historic Site

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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Watch American Presidents Programs from
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• Programming includes:

• Abraham Lincoln Life Portrait: From the Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site - Springfield, IL
Guests included: Edna Greene Medford, history professor, Howard University; David E. Long, author, The Jewel of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln’s Re-election and the End of Slavery; Cullom Davis, director of the Lincoln Legal Papers; Tim Townsend, historian, Lincoln Home National Historic Site; and Linda Norbet Suits, curator, Lincoln Home National Historic Site Watch | Order Videotape
• Online chat with Tom Schwartz, Illinois State historian Read the transcript
• Lincoln biographical vignette Watch

• Harold Holzer on the Lincoln exhibit, "Lincoln From Life"  Watch

• Re-enactment of Lincoln’s "House Divided" speech, Springfield, IL Watch

 • Gary Talley on Lincoln's birthplace Watch

• Booknotes with Mark Neely, author, The Last Best Hope of Earth: Lincoln and The Promise of America  Watch

• Mike Capps on Lincoln's boyhood Watch

 • Jean Baker, author, Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography Watch

• Panel on "Lincoln Re-Considered" Watch

 • Gerald Prokopowicz, author, on American Eras, Watch

• Gettysburg Address re-enactment by John Hope Franklin Watch
• David Herbert Donald Lincoln's education Watch

• John Simon on Lincoln as an American hero Watch

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