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Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

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Essays about Abraham Lincoln

Facts about Abraham Lincoln

Term
:
16th President of the United States (1861 – 1865)
Born
:
February 12, 1809, Hardin (now Larue) County, Kentucky
Political Party
:
Whig; Republican
Died
:
April 15, 1865
Nickname
:
“Honest Abe”; “Illinois Rail-Splitter”
Religion
:
No formal affiliation
Marriage
:
November 4, 1842, to Mary Todd (1818–1882)
Children
:
Robert Todd (1843–1926), Edward Baker (1846–1850), William Wallace (1850–1862), Thomas “Tad” (1853–1871)
Career
:
Lawyer
Buried
:
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois
Writings

Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (8 vols., 1953–55), ed. by Roy P. Basler


With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan...
March 4, 1865

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Michael Burlingame

Professor Burlingame is the May Buckley Sadowski ’19 Professor Emeritus of History at Connecticut College. His writings include:

Abraham Lincoln: A Life (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

With Lincoln in the White House: Letters, Memoranda And Other Writings Of John G. Nicolay, 1860–1865 (Southern Illinois University Press, 2006)

Lincoln Observed: Civil War Dispatches of Noah Brooks (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)

Inside Lincoln’s White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay (Southern Illinois University Press, 1997)

The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln (University of Illinois Press, 1994)

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