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A biography of abraham lincoln a president of the united states of america

His presidency was dominated by the American Civil War.

  1. This repeal of a crucial part of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 opened Kansas Territory to slavery.
  2. Although ill at ease with women, Lincoln in 1836 began a half-hearted courtship of Mary Owens, whose sister lived in New Salem. Thus Lincoln and his party pledged to adopt a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery.
  3. During the New Salem years Lincoln developed new purpose and direction.
  4. The main issue in 1864, however, was not Reconstruction but the war itself.

Abraham Lincoln was born on 12 February 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was brought up in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

  1. Lincoln also voted several times for the Wilmot Proviso, declaring that slavery should be prohibited in any territory acquired from Mexico.
  2. Indeed, it seems quite likely that without his determined leadership the United States would have ceased to exist.
  3. Lincoln's Virtual Library http. In 1836, he qualified as a lawyer and went to work in a law practice in Springfield, Illinois.
  4. Between him and us the issue is distinct, simple, and inflexible. The ensuing four-party campaign was the most fateful in American history.
  5. Davis did not hesitate; he ordered the Confederate guns to fire on Sumter. On the Union side Lincoln was the principal architect of this escalation.

His parents were poor pioneers and Lincoln was largely self-educated. In 1836, he qualified as a lawyer and went to work in a law practice in Springfield, Illinois.

He sat in the state legislature from 1834 to 1842 and in 1846 was elected to Congress, representing the Whig Party for a term.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

In 1856, he joined the new Republican Party and in 1860 he was asked to run as their presidential candidate. In the presidential campaign, Lincoln made his opposition to slavery very clear.

His victory provoked a crisis, with many southerners fearing that he would attempt to abolish slavery in the South.

  • A month before Congress adjourned and before Lincoln was inaugurated , delegates from the seven seceded states met at Montgomery, Alabama, and formed the Confederate States of America;
  • Despite cavils that the Emancipation Proclamation did not in and of itself free a single slave, it did broaden northern war aims to include emancipation;
  • He was not only president and commander in chief but also leader of his party;
  • Thomas Lincoln had come to Kentucky from Virginia with his father Abraham in 1782;
  • Winning the match, Lincoln also won the loyalty of the Clary Grove boys despite his refusal to participate in their drinking and hell-raising.

Seven southern states left the Union to form the Confederate States of America, also known as the Confederacy. Four more joined later.

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Lincoln vowed to preserve the Union even if it meant war. Fighting broke out in April 1861. Lincoln always defined the Civil War as a struggle to save the Union, but in January 1863 he nonetheless issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in areas still under Confederate control.

  • A week later he removed McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac;
  • Logan , who helped him become more thorough and meticulous in preparing his cases;
  • Early in the war he suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in limited areas, which he kept expanding until a proclamation of 24 September 1862 extended the suspension to the whole country;
  • In 1836, he qualified as a lawyer and went to work in a law practice in Springfield, Illinois.

This was an important symbolic gesture that identified the Union's struggle as a war to end slavery. In the effort to win the war, Lincoln assumed more power than any president before him, declaring martial law and suspending legal rights.

  • He also acquired a passion for politics and in 1832 announced his candidacy for the legislature;
  • His victory provoked a crisis, with many southerners fearing that he would attempt to abolish slavery in the South;
  • Early in the war he suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in limited areas, which he kept expanding until a proclamation of 24 September 1862 extended the suspension to the whole country;
  • A week later he removed McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac;
  • McClellan commander of the Army of the Potomac and, from 1 November, general in chief of all Union armies.

He had difficulty finding effective generals to lead the Union armies until the appointment of Ulysses S Grant as overall commander in 1864.

On 19 November 1863, Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address at the dedication of a cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, a decisive Union victory that had taken place earlier in the year.

In 1864, Lincoln stood for re-election and won.

In his second inaugural address, he was conciliatory towards the southern states. It had lasted for more than four years and 600,000 Americans had died. Less than a week later, Lincoln was shot while attending a performance at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC and died the next morning, 15 April 1865. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was a strong supporter of the Confederacy.