Name: Abraham Lincoln

Party: Republican

Term Served: 1861–1865

Birth State: Ky

Born: 2/12/1809

Died: 4/15/1865

Religion: Liberal

Elected Age: 52

Age At Death: 56

Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 to the family of Nancy and Thomas Lincoln in a one-room log lodge in Hardin County, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln, a self-trained legal counselor, legislator and strong abolitionist, was voted as the sixteenth president of the United States in November 1860, right before the episode of the Civil War.

Lincoln was a wise military strategist and a sharp chief: His Emancipation Proclamation prepared for the abolition of slavery, while his Gettysburg Address remains one of the most celebrated bits of speech in American history. In April 1865, with the Union on the precarious edge of triumph, Abraham Lincoln was killed by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth.

Lincoln’s death made him a saint in the quest for freedom, and he is generally viewed as perhaps one of the best presidents in U.S. history.