Abraham lincoln the 16th president of the united states was assassinated by well known stage actor john wilkes booth on april 14 1865 while attending the play our american cousin at fords theater in washington dc shot in the head as he watched the play lincoln died the following day at 722 am in the petersen house opposite the theater he was the first us president to be . Lincoln in 1860 library of congress pre presidential political timeline at age 23 with no real qualifications and a very limited formal education abraham lincoln ran for his first illinois political office he failed in that campaign for the state legislature but two years later gained a seat as a member of the whig party the following timeline provides a brief glimpse of his political . Goodwin through extensive research of not only lincolns writings and speeches but those of secretary of state seward and secretary of war stanton and many others profiles historic figures of the era she paints a picture of lincolns personality and his ability to use humor and magnanimity to repair the union and secure freedom from slavery for its citizens he also married one of my . President lincoln in 1864 library of congress lincoln presidential timeline abraham lincolns career as americas 16th president spanned about four years from march 4 1861 to his murder on april 15 1865 by a confederate sympathizer long before entering washington lincolns life was in danger his entire presidency was marked by civil war and contentious conditions a prodigious worker
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