Date of Birth
February 12, 1809
Date of Death
Assassinated on April 15, 1865
Place of Birth
Hardin County, Kentucky
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
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.