Perhaps the most well-known president in history, along with Washington, Lincoln, became president when the union was vulnerable and divided to the point of civil war. A former lawyer who spent 8 years in the Illinois legislature, Lincoln served as the 16th president of the United States of America from 1861-1865. Unfortunately, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilks Booth immediately following the civil war. But not until after his Emancipation Proclamation, which he made on January 1, 1863. All slaves in the Confederate states were immediately and permanently free.
This is what Fredrick Douglass had to say about Lincoln;
“In all my interviews with Mr. Lincoln, I was impressed with his entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored race. He was the first great man that I talked to within the United States freely, who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color….” Frederick Douglass
The more I read about Lincoln, the more I respect and admire him. His quotes are clever, sometimes witty, and full of wisdom. However, he had the most difficult task of preserving a nation with deep hatred and resentment between North and South, eventually resulting in civil war. (Read more about Lincoln at the White House website here.)