First elected to the
Shortly after his election, the
During his presidency, Lincoln is credited with freeing the slaves with the
He showed tremendous leadership to the Union populace during the war as evidenced by the
The war was a source of constant frustration for the president, and it occupied nearly all of his time. After repeated frustrations with General
generals, Lincoln made the fateful decision to appoint a radical and
somewhat scandalous army commander: General
The reconstruction of the Union weighed heavy on the President's mind. He was determined to take a course that would not permanently alienate the former Confederate states.
Lincoln met frequently with Grant as the war ended. The two men planned matters of reconstruction, and it was evident to all that the two men held one another in high regard. During their last meeting, on
Without the General and his wife, the Lincolns left to attend a play
Booth managed to limp to his horse and escape, and the mortally wounded president was taken to a house across the street where he lay in a coma for some time before he quietly expired. Booth and several of his companions (some of whom were later shown to be innocent) were eventually captured and either hanged or imprisoned.
Lincoln's body was carried by train in a grand funeral procession through several states. The nation mourned a man who many viewed as the savior of the United States and protector and defender of what Lincoln himself called "the government of the people, by the people, and for the people." Critics say that it was in fact the Confederates that were defending the right of "government for the people" and Lincoln who was suppressing that right. They further insist that Lincoln only preserved the union in a geographical sense while destroying its voluntary nature.
President Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln had four sons. Only one survived into adulthood.
One of the most
respected and beloved
presidents, Lincoln has
been memorialized in
many city names, notably
The aircraft carrier
Supreme Court appointments by Abraham Lincoln
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