Abraham Lincoln

  • Abraham Lincoln was born

    Abraham Lincoln was born
    Lincoln was born in a one room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky. His family later moved to southern Indiana in 1816. His mother died when he was ten, not long after they had moved. His schooling was limited to three short periods in local schools because he had to work to support his family. In 1831 he moved to New Salem, Illinois and began working in a store and managing a mill.
  • Lincoln is elected into the Illinois State Legislature

    Lincoln is elected into the Illinois State Legislature
    Serving as a Whig, Lincoln was re-elected many times and ended up spending a total of 8 years on the Illinois Legislature. This is where his political career started and carried him into being the highest postion in the country.
  • Abraham Lincoln gets married

    Abraham Lincoln gets married
    Lincoln married Mary Anne Todd at her sister's home in Springfield, Illinois. Mary was the child of wealthy parents and attended school at prestigious all-girls schools. They met in 1840 and despite her parents dislike of his poverty and lack of political prospects, she accepted his proposal. Lincoln did break off their engagement in 1841 but they got back together in the fall of 1842.
  • Abraham Lincoln is elected president

    Abraham Lincoln is elected president
    Lincoln was elected president over a very divided Democratic Party, and became the first Republican to win the presidency. He recieved only 40 percent of the popular vote and his victory motioned the secession of the Southern States. The publicity of his debates with Douglas, another candidate, made him well known nationally. Lincoln became the symbol of the frontier, hard work, the self-made man and the American dream.
  • Period: to

    Abraham Lincoln's Presidency (prevous slide, election)
    By the time of his inauguration several Southern states had seceded and barely a month later the Civil War began. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest presidents in this nation's history.
  • Lincoln abolishes slavery in Columbia

    Lincoln abolishes slavery in Columbia
    Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia. This was an important step in giving freedom and equal rights to African Americans. Lincoln had believed all his life that slavery was wrong and this was only his first step in working to abolish slavery for good.
  • Lincoln signs Homestead Act

    Lincoln signs Homestead Act
    This act incouraged Western migration by providing settlers 160 acres of public land. The homesteaders paid a small fee and had to complete five years of residency before offered to own the land. It led to the distribution of 80 million acres of land by 1900.
  • Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation

    Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation started the procedure of freeing the slaves, and it allowed black soldiers to fight for the Union against the Confederacy in the American Civil War. It also inspired the thirteenth amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. But Lincoln never got to see the passing of this Amendent as he was assassinated.
  • The Gettysburg Address

    The Gettysburg Address
    This speech is one of the most remembered speeches in American History. In his speech he referred to the principles of human equality noted in the Declaration of Independence and tied in the sacrifices of the Civil War with the need for "a new birth of freedom," and the preservation of the Union and self-government.
  • Lincoln is re-elected

    Lincoln is re-elected
    Lincoln ran against Democratic nominated, George B. McClellan. Lincoln himself feared that he would lose but ended up winning 55% of the popular vote and won 212 electoral votes to McClellan's 21. He was the first president to be re-elected since Andrew Jackson in 1832.
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    On April 14th, 1865 John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln while he was sitting in the presendential box at Ford's Theater. Booth escaped and Lincoln was carried to Petersen's Boarding House across the street, which is where he died the next morning. Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated and the whole country grieved his death. He was carried to Sringfield, Illinois in a nine-car funeral train for his burial.