Abraham Lincoln was born to a poor family in Kentucky in 1809, but then moved to Indiana in 1816. It is at this young age that he was first exposed to slavery as a concept, perhaps the first step towards what is arguably his most important achievement.
In 1837, Lincoln moved to Springfield, Illinois. It was here that his political career started. He ran for the House of representatives, but failed. It was also here that he met his wife, Mary Todd.
On January 1, 1863, Lincoln Delivered the Emancipation Proclamation speech, which freed all slaves in territories in open rebellion, essentially ending slavery in a legal sense in the eyes of the federal government.
In a show of his raw political skill, Lincoln was able to secure enough votes to pass the thirteenth amendment, officially outlawing slavery and involuntary servitude for any reason except for conviction of a crime.
Lincoln, Commander in chief of the Union Army, was able to defeat the rebellious confederate states. He was able to keep the country afloat through his excellent leadership capabilities, even when the Union was decisively on its backfoot.
In all, Abraham Lincoln's career, legacy, and achievements have made him one of, if not the most influential presidents in American history. Let us hope his legacy endures.