The Peabody Award‑winning series profiling the men who have served as chief executive of the United States.

16th President - Abraham Lincoln
Born: February 12, 1809
Died: April 15, 1865

  • Personal
  • First Lady: Mary Todd Lincoln
  • Children: 4
  • Education Level: No College
  • Profession: Clerk, Military, Lawyer, Store Owner
  • Military Service: Captain
  • Public Service
  • Dates of Presidency: March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865
  • # of Terms: 2
  • Vice President: Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson
  • Party: Republican
  • House of Representatives: Illinois (1847-1849)
  • State Legislature: Illinois (1834-1842)
  • Other Offices: Postmaster of New Salem (IL)
  • Did You Know?
  • On January 23, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • He was the first president to be assassinated. He was shot five days after the end of the Civil War.
  • He was the first president born outside of the original thirteen colonies.
  • Just one month after his inauguration, the Civil War began.
  • Did You Know?
  • On January 23, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • He was the first president to be assassinated. He was shot five days after the end of the Civil War.
  • He was the first president born outside of the original thirteen colonies.
  • Just one month after his inauguration, the Civil War began.
  • His son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was in the vicinity of the assassination of three presidents: Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley.
  • Born in Kentucky, Mary Todd Lincoln received scorn from Southerners, who believed she was a traitor to her birth, and suspicion from Northerners who accused her of treason, throughout her husband’s tenure in the White House during the Civil War.
  • During his term, the population of the United States was 32 million.
  • "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
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The Peabody Award-winning series profiles the men who have served as chief executive of the United States. This website, created as a companion to C-SPAN's 20th anniversary television series, provides an in-depth look at each of the presidents, their lives, families and administrations.