Born: February 12, 1809

Died: April 15, 1865

First Lady: Mary Todd Lincoln

Political Party: Republican

Presidential Term: March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865

Famous Quote: “As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it, ‘All men are created equal, except Negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, ‘All men are created equal except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some other country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

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1832 Fought in the Black Hawk War

1833-1836 Postmaster of New Salem, Illinois

1834-1842 Member of the Illinois legislature

1842 Married Mary Todd

1847-1849 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates

1861-1865 Sixteenth president of the United States

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