Possibly one of America’s greatest – Lincoln was a man of law and order. Fully devoted to America, the American people and everything prestigious, his assassination in 1865 was a tragedy.

Born February the 12th, 1809, Lincoln was the second child born of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The family at the time inhabited a one room log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky on Sinking Spring Farm.

In his youth, Lincoln came to realize that the hardworking life of a farmer was not for him and this is when he sought out books. Tall and strong, he was an obedient teenager.

Lincoln married Mary Todd, a reasonably wealthy young lady in 1842 after a few short lived attempts at relationships.

The couple had four children, Robert Todd Lincoln was born in 1843 and Edward Baker Lincoln (Eddie) in 1846. Edward died on February 1, 1850, in Springfield, probably of tuberculosis. “Willie” Lincoln was born on December 21, 1850, and died of a fever on February 20, 1862. Lincoln’s fourth son, Thomas “Tad” Lincoln, was born on April 4, 1853, and died of heart failure at the age of 18 on July 16, 1871.

Only their first born, Robert lived to a ripe old age, following in his father’s footsteps, eventually becoming a well respected politician, serving as the 35th United States Secretary of War (March 5, 1881 – March 4, 1885) and as the United States Minister to the United Kingdom from May 25, 1889 to May 4, 1893.

It was on March the 4th, 1861 that Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States.

He led his people through the civil war, the costliest military conflict in the history of the U.S., and was responsible for the major decisions on the Union’s strategy and tactical maneuvers.

He fought tirelessly for equal rights, liberty and democracy, leading to the abolition of slavery which paved the way for the US economic boost in decades to follow.

Shot in the back of the head on Good Friday after 10:00 pm in 1865 by by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln passed away at 7:22 am the following morning.

In merrier times, Lincoln was responsible for Thanksgiving being declared a national holiday in the USA, he was a brave man with a strong voice.

Here are 15 of Abraham Lincoln’s quotes, hopefully inspiring you profoundly to carry on his good work:

 

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