Abraham Lincoln Fast Facts

Sixteenth President of the United States

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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. Thinkstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be America's greatest president. Sadly, his vision of how to reunited the North and South after the Civil War was not given a chance to come to fruition. This page provides a list of fast facts for Abraham Lincoln. You can learn more about this great man at:


    February 12, 1809


    April 15, 1865

    Term of Office:

    March 4, 1861-March 3, 1865

    Number of Terms Elected:

    2 Terms; Was assassinated soon after being elected to his second term.

    First Lady:

    Mary Todd Lincoln


    "Honest Abe"

    Abraham Lincoln Quote:

    "Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
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    Major Events While in Office:

    States Entering Union While in Office:

    • West Virginia (1863)
    • Nevada (1864)

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    These additional resources on Abraham Lincoln can provide you with further information about the president and his times.

    Abraham Lincoln Biography
    Take an in depth look at the sixteenth president of the United States through this biography. You'll learn about his childhood, family, early career, events of his administration, and his assassination.

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    Abraham Lincoln was a virtual unknown in the Republican Party in 1858 when he participated in a series of seven debates against Senator Stephen Douglas. Because of these debates, Lincoln quickly became a rising star in the party and would garner the Republican nomination for president two years later.

    Abraham Lincoln Assassination Conspiracies
    Abraham Lincoln's assassination is rife with mystery. Was his death masterminded by Booth alone, by Jefferson Davis, by Secretary of War Stanton or even by the Roman Catholic Church? Find out more about the conspiracies in this article.

    Overview of the Civil War
    The American Civil War was a time of strife and uncertainty. Abraham Lincoln led the United States as brother fought brother. Learn more about the Civil War through this overview.

    Tecumseh's Curse
    Every president between William Henry Harrison and John F. Kennedy who was elected in a year ending with a zero was assassinated or died while in office including Abraham Lincoln. This has been called Tecumseh's Curse. Read this article to find out more.

    Chart of Presidents and Vice Presidents
    This informative chart gives quick reference information on the Presidents, Vice-Presidents, their terms of office, and their political parties.

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