Abraham Lincoln Facts

Famous People
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States and served from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He led the United States through its Civil War and in doing so, preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. See the Abraham Lincoln fact file below for more information.
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Abramhan Lincoln

Date of Birth
February 12, 1809

Date of Death
Assassinated on April 15, 1865

Place of Birth
Hardin County, Kentucky

Birth Family
Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks

Mary Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, and William Wallace Lincoln

Lincoln’s formal education consisted of about 18 months of schooling,
but he was largely self-educated and an avid reader.

Lawyer and Politician

Reason for Fame
16th President of the United States

Additional Information
In 1862, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed slaves in territories not already under Union control; over three million slaves were freed. Lincoln was considered by historians to be one of the top three greatest presidents in U.S. history, along with George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt.