Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th president of the United States (1861-1865). He is considered by many to be one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. During his presidency, Lincoln was able to guide the country through the Civil War while maintaining the Union. With his determination and perseverance, he was able to abolish slavery, forever changing the history of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln faced challenges and struggles from early on his life. He was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, KY to a modest farming family. His humble upbringing prevented him from receiving a formal education. Lincoln’s classroom education amounted to only about 1 year in school. Despite these unfavorable circumstances, Lincoln taught himself by studying and reading books on his own, not allowing the circumstances to compromise his education.
Abraham Lincoln started his political career at a young age. He had several setbacks in the beginning but after several tries, he managed to get elected to the state legislature in 1834. A self-educated lawyer, Lincoln was elected into the U.S. House of Representatives in 1846. Once again, his determination and perseverance allowed him to continue on his path to greatness. In 1856, he joined the newly formed Republican Party. It was then that he made his views on slavery known. Because of his opposition to slavery, on November 6, 1860, Lincoln was controversially elected as the 16th president of the United States (as well as the 1st elected President for the Republican Party).
After the election, Abraham Lincoln was greeted by a nation in the midst of a crisis. It was during this time that Lincoln demonstrated his exemplary leadership skills, tenacity, and audacity to overcome this crisis. Because of Lincoln’s unconcealed stand on slavery, the South feared that he would abolish slavery in the entire nation. This was especially frightening because of the high demand for...