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Abraham Lincoln

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Birthday
12, 1809
Birthplace
Hodgenville, KY
Death Date
Apr 15, 1865 (56)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
12, 1809
Birthplace
Hodgenville, KY
Death Date
Apr 15, 1865 (56)

About

Sixteenth U.S. President who led the country through the horrific American Civil War and helped abolish slavery with the 13th amendment.

Before Fame

He and a friend purchased a small general store in New Salem, Illinois when he was 23, but they struggled to make it a success and Lincoln soon sold off his share.

Trivia

He and Democrat Stephen A. Douglas engaged in seven debates during the Senate campaign of 1858, which would become America's most famous political debates.

Family Life

He married Mary Todd in November 1842 after having previously called off the engagement. His last descendant was grandson Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, who died in 1985.

Associated With

He was largely self-taught, gaining much of his education from reading and rereading such books as the King James Bible, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Aesop's Fables, and Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography.