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United States' 16th President

Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President in 1861. As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.  On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. 

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Abraham Lincoln Portrait

Portrait of American President Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), the sixteenth President of the United States, dressed in a suit and bow tie, April 9, 1865. Five days after this portrait was taken President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater. (Photo by Alexander Gardner/Getty Images)

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American Civil War

Confederate cartoon entitled Virginia Paws-ing, depicting Abraham Lincoln as a cat, with the caption A Consoling Thought (Uncle Abe is catching Virginia as it secedes. They are saying:) Uncle Abe: Nothing is going wrong. Nothing really hurts anybody. Nobody is suffering anything. Virginia: We can go out on the 4th of July as well as the 4th of March. Beneath the dead rat on the left is written, The Union must and shall be preserved. The others are, from left to right, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, Mississippi, and South Carolina. USA, circa 1861. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images)

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