Abraham Lincoln (born February 12th, 1809, died April 15th, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States of America and revered in their history for his achievements in leading the country to victory through a bloody Civil War (1861 to 1865) between Union and Confederate forces and ultimately the abolishment of slavery. Lincoln was elected to the Illinois state government in 1834 (serving 4 successive terms), self-educated he became a lawyer in 1836, in 1846 he served a 2 year term in the US House of Representatives as a Congressmen before returning to practice law in Springfield, Illinois.
Lincoln’s early career in politics was not forgotten and he continued to seek election in the US Senate in the 1850’s on a platform to abolish slavery. He missed out on the seat, but by 1860 he was supported by the Republicans and was nominated for President. On November 6th, 1860 he was elected the President and began his path in changing history which continued through hard times until his assassination by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC in 1865.
Abraham Lincoln stood an impressive 6′ 4″ tall, a big man with an imposing career. He will never be forgotten in the United States and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC is befitting and as impressive as the man himself.
The Lincoln Memorial is my favourite memorial in Washington DC. It is one I always re-visit during any stay there. The stonework is excellent and a perfect lasting reminder of this great man. Please make sure it is on your list of places to visit when you are wandering the National Mall.