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The basic facts about Abraham Lincoln are familiar:

•He was born in Kentucky in a log cabin so small it is hard to imagine how his entire family slept in it.

•The family moved to Indiana where he was raised.

•Off to Illinois, the lanky Lincoln became a frontier lawyer, served as a state legislator and won election to the Presidency at a time when the nation’s very survival was at risk.

•Inaugurated in 1861, he served throughout the Civil War, working to break the grip of slavery and to put the country back together until an assassin brought him down.

•A common man forged in uncommon times, Lincoln is the model American leader.

Read a short biography, view an extensive timeline, meet his family, take a virtual tour of the places important in Lincoln’s life, re-discover his speeches and writings, including his famous Gettysburg Address translated into 29 different languages.

Abraham Lincoln’s Official White House Portrait
Credit: George Peter Alexander Healy – Abraham Lincoln – White House Digital Library, Public Domain.