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Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809.

President Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He was assassinated on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play entitled Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre. This was the first Presidential assassination in American history.

The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1866, the year after his assassination, when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address. While Lincoln's Birthday did not become a federal holiday like George Washington's, it did become a legal holiday in several states.




Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln



Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Delivered at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg

November 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.







The Lincoln Memorial - Provided by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Abraham Lincoln Biography (The White House)


An Overview of Abraham Lincoln's Life - This page is part of the Abraham Lincoln Research Site created by Roger J. Norton, a former American history teacher.


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site - This site focuses on Lincoln’s life in Kentucky.  Provided by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Lincoln Home National Historic Site - Provided by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Ford's Theatre National Historical Park - Provided by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.


The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions - Read the full speech given by Abraham Lincoln in his Address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois.


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