Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.
Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
The Lincoln family move to a 230 acre farm near Sinking Spring.
December: The Lincoln family move to Indiana
(For free i.e., non-slave territory )and made a new start . Lincoln later noted that this move was "partly on account of slavery" but mainly due to land title difficulties
Legend states that Abraham shot a wild turkey but hated the experience and never hunted again.
In Indiana, when Lincoln was nine, his mother Nancy died of milk sickness
His father remarried Sarah Bush Johnston
Lincoln became very close to his stepmother, and referred to her as "Mother"
The Lincoln family move to Illinois
First political speech of Abe in favor of improving navigation on the Sangamon River.
He settles in New Salem and working as a clerk in the village store
March: Abe becomes a candidate for Illinois General Assembly but In August 6 he loses election
Later Abe and William Berry become partners and purchase a village store in New Salem.
Three important events are:
August 4: Lincoln is elected to the Illinois General Assembly
He starts to study law and meets Ann Rutledge
1) Ann Rutledge dies from fever
2)Lincoln Becomes leader of the Whig Part
Practises as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit in Illinois
December 3: Admission to United States Circuit Court
Meets Mary Todd at a Christmas dance
Mary Todd accepts his proposal of marriage and the couple become engaged But in 1941 they broke off this engagement
Abe marries Mary Todd in Springfield
March 10: Edward Baker Lincoln is born
May 1: Nominated as Whig candidate for U.S. Congress
August 3: Abe is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
March 31: Abe leaves politics to practice law in Springfield
Lincoln resumes his role in the 8th Judicial Circuit gaining a reputation as an outstanding lawyer and earning the nickname of 'Honest Abe'
June 16: Nominated as Republican senator from Illinois to oppose the Democrat Stephen A. Douglas.
March 6: Speech on slavery in New Haven, Connecticut
May 18: Nominated to be the Republican candidate for President of the United States
November 6: Abraham Lincoln is elected as 16th U.S. president
December 20: South Carolina secedes from the Union shortly followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
March 4: President Lincoln delivers his First Inaugural Address
April 12 Attack on Fort Sumter - Confederates under General Pierre Beauregard open fire marking the start of the Civil War
March 17: A kidnap plot by John Wilkes Booth fails when Lincoln fails to arrive as expected at the Soldiers Home
April 9: General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia
April 14: President Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin" . During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head at approx 10:13 p.m.
April 15: President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 in the morning. Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency
April 26: John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.
May 4: Abraham Lincoln is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.