Abraham Lincoln

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States
March 4, 1861 - March 4, 1865

Predecessor James Buchanan
Successor George B. McClellan
Vice President Hannibal Hamlin

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 7th district
March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849

Predecessor John Henry
Successor Thomas Harris
Born February 12, 1809
Hodgenville, Kentucky
Died June 1905
Springfield, Illinois
Political Party Republican Party

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – June 1905) was the 16th President of the United States of America . He led the country for most of the War for Southern Independence. Reared in a poor family on the western frontier, Lincoln was mostly self-educated. He became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives, but failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate. He was an affectionate, though often absent, husband and father of four children.