President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washingon, DC, during a performance of Our American Cousin.
In their second meeting, President Lincoln asked Frederick Douglass to lead efforts to free Southern slaves in the event that Lincoln was not re-elected.
Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
Lincoln’s family moved to Spencer County, Indiana, in December 1816.
Lincoln’s father remarried, to Sarah Bush Johnson, a widow with three children.
Lincoln’s family moved near Decatur, Illinois.
Lincoln was elected to the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party at the age of twenty-five. He was re-elected to three more terms, in 1836, 1838, and 1840.
Lincoln received his law license in September 1836 and in 1837 moved from New Salem to Springfield, Illinois, where he began practicing law.
Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd, the daughter of a prominent Lexington, Kentucky, family.
The Lincolns’ first child, Robert Todd, was born.