Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of United States of America and is considered as one the greatest American heroes of all time. His pivotal role during the American civil war and his stand on slavery and social development during his president ship, laid the foundation to one of the strongest nation in the world, the United States of America.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. His mother died when he was young. His stepmother introduced him to the fascinating world of books and slowly young Lincoln became a voracious reader. At the age of 22, Abraham Lincoln struck out on his own, making a living in manual labor. Over a period of years he took several jobs from shopkeeper, to postmaster, and eventually became a general store owner. It was during these times that the young Lincoln started interacting with the public. In 1832, Black Hawk War broke between the United States and Native Americans and Lincoln actively participated in it. Soon After the Black Hawk War, in 1834, he began his political career and was elected to the Illinois state legislature. Slowly he rose through the political, became the member of the upper house and eventually the 16th president of USA on March 4, 1861. As president, he faced the American civil war and led the Union to victory. He was reelected as the president in 1865.
Accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln was many. Apart from leading the Union to victory in the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which led to abolishing of slavery in US. He signed the first of the Homestead Acts, allowing poor people to obtain land. He was fully convinced about the role of agriculture and education in economy and established the United States Department of Agriculture and created numerous universities. Lincoln also established the US National Banking System.
Tragedy struck when he was assassinated on April 14, 1865, shortly after reelected as the president for the second term. Abraham Lincoln remains one of the greatest heroes of all times and an inspiration for generations as a man who rose from moderate living conditions, to became the president of United States of America and laid the foundation of one the greatest country in the world.