March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky to a family that was not wealthy. He valued hard work eventually working his way through law school. Abraham Lincoln spent 8 years in the Illinois Legislature. He married Mary Lincoln and had four boys, only one child actually grew up to be an adult. He attempted to run for the U.S. Senate but lost to Stephen Douglas. In 1860 he received the Republican nomination for President.
During his Presidency he felt that states did not have the right to secede from the union eventually declaring war on Southern States. Only later during his Emancipation Proclamation speech did he announce that slaves in Southern States were free. On April 14, 1865, Good Friday, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.