Famous Left-hander Birthday, February 12
16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Former American president, Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), served as the 16th President of the U.S. – from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He was a country lawyer, Illinois state legislator, member of the U.S. House of Representatives before his 1860 election as the first Republican president.
He successfully led the United States of America through the American Civil War, preserving the Union and putting an end to slavery. As an outspoken opponent of the slavery in the U.S., he won the Republican nomination in 1860; later in the year he was elected president.
Lincoln introduced measures resulting in the abolition of slavery. Just six days after the surrender of Confederate forces headed by Gen. Robert E. Lee, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Known to be one of the most eloquent American speakers of all-time, he is often quoted. One famous Lincoln quotation is from his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
~ 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865 ~