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*Strange as it seems, I was struck with the notion to do this project the first weekend of April, realizing only as I researched Lincoln's history that he was killed the second weekend of April. Jiminy....!
Born February 12, 1809, the 16th president of the United States Abraham Lincoln was raised to be a hard worker, but he was an equally dedicated thinker and learner who always pushed himself to gain and apply knowledge whenever the opportunity presented itself. He set his sights on the legal system early on, and traveled the circuit courts for quite some time in the hopes of being elected Senator. Though he lost the election he sought, his debating prowess earned him the national recognition that ultimately awarded him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.
One of his most famous achievements was the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1. 1863, which forever decreed that all slaves within the Confederacy be freed. Lincoln's extraordinary skills of fairness, diplomacy, and organization in the midst of the Civil War (not least his now famous Gettysburg Address in dedication to the military cemetery) earned him re-election in 1864. He was in the process of establishing peaceful relations with the people of the South when tragedy struck.
On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated in Washington at Ford's Theatre by a misguided actor named John Wilkes Booth who thought that Lincoln's death would benefit the people of the South. He could not have been more mistaken. Without Lincoln's down-to-earth diplomacy skills and generous, flexible nature, the assassination marked the end of any possibility of amicable peace.
*Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd, had four sons in all, but only one, Robert Lincoln, survived into adulthood.
*Lincoln's underdeveloped left side of his face has led many experts to believe that Lincoln may actually have had the genetic condition "Craniofacial Microsomia", rather than Marfan's Syndrome as previously believed.
*Digital image copy courtesy of the Library of Congress
Civil War Photographs Collection
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