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President Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States 1861-1865

Abraham Lincoln became President at a difficult time in history. When he took office in 1861, America was on the verge of civil war. For the next four years, he struggled valiantly to hold the nation together. His most impassioned argument for the Union came in the 1863 Gettysburg Address. He is also remembered for the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves.

Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, just weeks after his second inauguration and just days after the end of the Civil War.

The 4ยข Abraham Lincoln sesquicentennial stamp was issued in 1959 and features the statue of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.