Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the Untied States, led the country through a bloody, brutal Civil War, during which Lincoln officially abolished slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation. Click through for more photos from the life and times of President Lincoln.
President Abraham Lincoln poses for a portrait in Mathew Brady's studio in Washington February 23, 1861. (AP Photo/Mathew Brady)
President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, sits for a portrait with his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and their two sons, Robert Todd Lincoln and Thomas Lincoln. On April 15, 1865, Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theater. This year marks the 150th anniversary of his assassination. Click through to see more photos from the life and times of President Abraham Lincoln.
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Lincoln was a lawyer from Illinois, first getting involved in politics as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Here, Lincoln sits for a daguerreotype (early photograph) in Springfield, IL in 1846, when Lincoln was a Congressman. It is the earliest photograph of Abraham Lincoln known to exist.
On March 4, 1861, Lincoln was sworn in as the President served as the 16th President of the United States of America. Here, President Lincoln stands under cover at center of Capitol steps during his inauguration in Washington, D.C.
President Abraham Lincoln poses for a portrait in Mathew Brady's studio in Washington February 23, 1861.
Just a few months after President Lincoln's inauguration, the American Civil War broke out, pitting a confederacy of Southern slave-holding states against Northern Union states. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, wearing top hat, is shown with Union Army Gen. George B. McClellan, facing Lincoln, and McClellan's staff at Antietam, Maryland, 1862 during the American Civil War.
President Abraham Lincoln visits with Union Gen. George McClellan at his headquarters in this Oct. 4, 1862 photo. Lincoln removed McClellen from command after the Battle of Antietam for failing to pursue and destroy the Confederate Army under the command of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
A political cartoon titled "Columbia Demands Her Children," is a representation of the nation asking President Abraham Lincoln for an accounting of the war dead, 1864. The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American history, with over 750,000 dead.
In the midst of the bloody Civil War, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declared all slaves in states rebelling against the Union to be "forever free."
A scene in front of the Capitol during Lincoln's second inauguration, 1865, just six weeks before his assassination.
This is the Deringer pistol that was recovered from the state box at the Ford Theater and used by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
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In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, President Abraham Lincoln's funeral on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on April 19, 1865.