Abraham Lincoln

by Jessica Tracey, Maeve Connell, Cecilia
Sheehan and Aoife Wosser

“In the
end, it’s
not the
years in
your life
that
count, it’s
the life in
your
years.”
Background


 Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, Kentucky;
his family moved to southern Indiana in 1816.
Lincoln's e...
Break into Politics

 Lincoln taught himself law, passing the bar
examination in 1836. The following year, he
moved to t...
Road to the White House



 Lincoln won election to the U.S. House of
Representatives in 1846 and began serving his
term...
Road to the White House (cont.)


 Events conspired to push him back into national politics,
however: Douglas, a leading...
President at Last

 Lincoln shocked many when he overcame several
more prominent contenders to win the Republican
Party'...
Leader Lincoln

 Contrary to expectations, Lincoln proved to be a
shrewd military strategist and a savvy leader
during w...
Assassination

 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday, April
14th 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing ...
Abraham Lincoln.

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John Wilkes Booth
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  1. 1. Abraham Lincoln  by Jessica Tracey, Maeve Connell, Cecilia Sheehan and Aoife Wosser
  2. 2.  “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”
  3. 3. Background   Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, Kentucky; his family moved to southern Indiana in 1816. Lincoln's education was limited to three brief periods in local schools, as he had to work constantly to support his family.  In 1830, his family moved to Macon County in southern Illinois, and Lincoln got a job working on a river flatboat hauling freight down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.  He met Mary Todd, a woman from Kentucky with many suitors and they married in 1842.   
  4. 4. Break into Politics   Lincoln taught himself law, passing the bar examination in 1836. The following year, he moved to the newly named state capital of Springfield. For the next few years, he worked there as a lawyer, earning a reputation as "Honest Abe" and serving clients ranging from individual residents of small towns to national railroad lines.  After settling in the town of New Salem, Illinois, where he worked as a shopkeeper and a postmaster, Lincoln became involved in local politics as a supporter of the Whig Party, winning elections to the Illinois state legislature in 1834 
  5. 5. Road to the White House   Lincoln won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1846 and began serving his term the following year.  As a congressman, Lincoln was unpopular with Illinois voters for his strong stance against the U.S. war with Mexico.  Promising not to seek re-election, he returned to Springfield in 1849.
  6. 6. Road to the White House (cont.)   Events conspired to push him back into national politics, however: Douglas, a leading Democrat in Congress, had pushed through the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854), which declared that the voters of each territory, rather than the federal government, had the right to decide whether the territory should be slave or free.  On October 16, 1854, Lincoln went before a large crowd in Peoria to debate the merits of the Kansas-Nebraska Act with Douglas, denouncing slavery and its extension and calling the institution a violation of the most basic tenets of the Declaration of Independence.  
  7. 7. President at Last   Lincoln shocked many when he overcame several more prominent contenders to win the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1860. His election that November pushed several Southern states to secede by the time of his inauguration in March 1861, and the Civil War began barely a month later.
  8. 8. Leader Lincoln   Contrary to expectations, Lincoln proved to be a shrewd military strategist and a savvy leader during what became the costliest conflict ever fought on American soil.  His Emancipation Proclamation, issued in 1863, freed all slaves in the rebellious states and paved the way for slavery's eventual abolition, while his Gettysburg Address later that year stands as one of the most famous and influential pieces of oratory in American history.
  9. 9. Assassination   Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday, April 14th 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing to a close.  He was the first American president to be assassinated.  He was shot in the back of his head by John Wilkes Booth, a stage actor, while watching a play.  One week before his death, he had a dream of someone crying in the White House. When he asked who passed away, the man in the dream said “The president.” When Lincoln looked in the coffin, he saw his own face. 
  10. 10. Abraham Lincoln.  John Wilkes Booth
  11. 11. We’re done! 

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