Abraham Lincoln, or as he was known, “Honest Abe” is widely considered one of the greatest Presidents in U.S. history. Born in a log cabin in Kentucky in 1809, Lincoln rose from humble beginnings to become the leader of a nation deeply divided by slavery and the Civil War.
Lincoln’s early life was marked by hardship and tragedy. His mother died when he was just nine years old, and his father was a harsh disciplinarian. Despite these challenges, Lincoln was an avid reader and taught himself about a wide range of subjects, including law and politics. He became a lawyer and entered politics, serving in the Illinois state legislature and later as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
In 1860, Lincoln was nominated as the Republican candidate for President, and he won the election despite receiving only 40% of the popular vote. His victory was a sign of the deep divisions within the country, as the South strongly opposed Lincoln and his anti-slavery views.
As President, Lincoln faced the monumental task of trying to heal the nation’s wounds and end the bloody Civil War. He worked tirelessly to end slavery and bring the country back together, and his efforts paid off when the Union was victorious in 1865.