Knowing about American history enriches one’s mind. There are so many facts to learn and almost everything seems to be interesting. The United States of America is one popular nation, as all people believe. And what goes beyond a nation’s greatness and power? Is it credited to their leaders or the people? It seems controversial but whatever one thinks, a nation’s leaders and citizens are both influential.
America has many great and influential leaders. One out of many to mention is Abraham Lincoln. Who is Abraham Lincoln and when did Lincoln become President of the United States of America? Details may be hard to learn at first glance but getting the gist out of Lincoln’s leadership has left many people in awe of him.
Abraham Lincoln is known for his oratorical skills. His speeches have left tremendous impact in one’s hearts and his lines are still alive up to these days. He was a good orator even though he took his studies during his early life through self-study because his family was poor. This did not impede him to learn and eventually became America’s President.
Before his presidency, he was a father of four children, a country lawyer, a legislator in the state of Illinois and a good standing member of the United States House of Representatives for one term. He ran for the Senate two times but failed to win. But like any normal person, he stood up and continued to journey with America’s politics.
On February 1860, Abraham Lincoln took his first political appearance at the Cooper Union rally in New York City, after being known to be an official candidate for presidency. He was not popular at first as his opponent, William H. Seward, was the leading candidate. However, Seward had lost votes in various states such as Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and New Jersey. This made Abraham Lincoln voted by the majority as the 16th President of the United States of America on November 6, 1860 and took office on March 4, 1861.
Abraham Lincoln successfully led the American Civil War and promoted modernization in the economy. He was known as the leader who put an end to slavery and issued Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. He was popular to the people and was reelected on November 8, 1864 but this reelection only took him to serve the country until April 15, 1865.
America lost an important person when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. But he will always be remembered by his good words and deeds, all the more with his great leadership.