Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer, and statesman elected the 16th president of the US. Lincoln succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, and supporting and modernizing the U.S. economy.
Lincoln was born in Kentucky and was raised on the frontier in Indiana. He was self-educated and became a lawyer, Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator, and U.S. Congressman from Illinois. In 1849, he returned to his successful law practice in central Illinois. In 1854 he was angered by the Kansas–Nebraska Act that opened the territories to slavery and re-entered politics. He soon became a leader of the new Republican Party. He reached a national audience in the 1858 Senate campaign debates against Stephen Douglas. Lincoln ran for President in 1860, sweeping the North to gain victory.
Lincoln is quoted as saying, “Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln