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Abraham Lincoln

16th President (1861-1865)

Born: February 12, 1809
Died: April 15, 1865

Vice Presidents: Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson

Political Party: Republican

Next President: Andrew Johnson

Previous President: James Buchanan

Notable Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all."

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

"I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known."

"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

"My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth."

"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

"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."

"Those who deny freedom to others deserves it not for themselves and under a just God can not long retain it."

"Whenever I hear one arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

"I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.”

The Only President to...

Abraham Lincoln is the only United States President to hold a patent. It was a system to bouy vessels over sandbars. The invention was inspired by an event that happened to him while he was an Illinois Congressman. The Great Lakes steamship he was on got stuck and all the cargo and passengers had to be unloaded to allow it to be moved off the sandbar.

Interesting Abraham Lincoln Facts

Abraham Lincoln was the first United States President to be assassinated.


The Civil War began just one month after his inauguration and ended just five days before his assassination.


Lincoln was the first president born outside the original thirteen colonies.


He won the 1860 election with only 40% of the popular vote and did not even appear on the ballot in 10 southern states.


Abraham Lincoln was not particularly fond of the nickname “Abe” so no one called him that. His wife Mary called him Mr. Lincoln or Father and other acquaintances and friends called him Mr. Lincoln or just Lincoln and he often signed letters to his friends with A. Lincoln.