Thought it was so long ago on April 15, 1865 that America's beloved 16th president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes booth an Actor and Confederate loyalist while attending an evening performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater the night before, he's still considered to be one of the greatest U.S. presidents ever.
Lincoln was America's tallest president at 6'4." He lived to be just 56 (1809-1865) and ranks among the greatest U.S. presidents, often ranking 1st or in the Top 3 of all time. Lincoln served from (1861-1865) and was known as "Honest Abe." With his famous Stovetop hat on, he was an imposing figure standing nearly 7 feet tall.
Lincoln presided in Office during the Civil War. A war between the States that had the most casualties in U.S. history an estimated 620,000
Lincoln and his Union troops preserved the Union after they won the Civil War (1861-1865). He was a hands-on leader who at times would show up on the battlefield. He also strategized and help plan many Union battles along with his Generals.
Lincoln was a success story who made many sacrifices. He grew up poor in Kentucky and became a self-educated Lawyer in Illinois who would go on to win two presidential terms.
Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd endured many hardships. They lost two of their three children at an early age. Edward, the second son died at age 4 in 1850 of TB. Lincoln's youngest son, William, who was known as Willie, died at age 11 while the Lincolns were in the White House.
Only their oldest son, Robert Todd would go on to live a long life; 82. He was a success; a Harvard graduate Lawyer, Secretary of War (1881-1885) under President Garfield, and later on became President of the Pullman Car Company. Robert's only son, Abraham named after the President lived to be just 16. He died of blood poisoning after a surgical infection.
Some of us remember Lincoln as the President who helped end slavery which he did play a major part in via his Emancipation Proclamation issued on January 1, 1863. It was of great importance it allowed the Union to recruit black soldiers, who turned out to be a deciding factor in War. The proclamation was the beginning of the end of slavery in the U.S.
Lincoln's quotes are legendary. One such famous quote is on Democracy; "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Then there is Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863) Lincoln delivered what is considered by many to be the best-known speech in American history.
Lincoln is still loved and cherished by many but like all men had his flaws. His face though harsh-looking to some was one that reflected warmth, kindness, and pain. He was humble, yet intelligent and will never be forgotten as a presidential leader who presided during the U.S.'s most difficult time in its history to date.
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MG Singh from UAE on April 08, 2021:
Very informative article. I didn't know about the sad story of his sons. He was certainly a great man.