Monday, August 24, 2009

Former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln coloring page

Here he is, former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. What can we say about him? His is the face on the penny and the five dollar bill. His likeness can also be found on Mount Rushmore. Historians often rank him as one of the top U.S. Presidents. He served as President of the U.S. from 1861 to 1865.

He was our Commander in Chief during the Civil War. Whereas Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan put off the problems of slavery and the division of the states as much as they could, Lincoln was forced to deal with those issues head on. He was the first Republican to become President. While he was a man of great sadness he was also a man of great humor.

At the time Lincoln was considered to be quite tall at 6' 4". On January 1, 1863 Lincoln's executive orders known as the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves. On November 19, 1863, Lincoln delivered his now famous speech The Gettysburg Address. On April 9, 1865, the Civil War had ended with a Union victory.

Sadly, six days later while attending a performance of the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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