Abraham Lincoln Timeline

Abraham Lincoln Timeline. A lifetime of events for the 16th American President, both private and public. From his birth February 12, 1809 in Kentucky to Lincoln's untimely death by assassination. Lincoln was shot in the back of the head on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth and he died early the following morning.



1809 Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12th
James Madison inaugurated
1812 War with Great Britian
1816 Family moves to Indianna
James Monroe is elected President
1825 John Quincy Adams is elected President
1828 Flatboat Trip to New Orleans, Louisianna
Andrew Jackson is elected President
1830 Family moves to Illinois
Webster Vs. Hayne debates
1831 Leaves home and moves to New Salem
Works as a clerk in Offutt's Store
1832 Serves as Captain in the Black Hawk War
Runs for Illinois Assembly unsuccessfully
Andrew Jackson is re-elected for a second term
1833 Appointed New Salem Postmaster
Appointed deputy county surveyor
President Jackson removes deposits from the Bank of U.S.
1834 Elected to Illinois general assembly
1836 Re-elected to the Illinois general assembly
1837 Moves to Springfield
Financial panic
1842 Marries Mary Todd
Webster-Ashburton Treaty
1844 James Polk elected President
1846 Lincoln is elected to the House of Representatives
Opposes the Mexican War
Mexican-American War begins
The Oregon boundary settled
1848 Campaigns for Zachary Taylor
Taylor elected the 12th U.S. President
1850 Son Edward dies of tuberculosis
Clay's Compromise of 1850
1852 Uncle Tom's Cabin is published
1854 Denounces slavery by criticizing the Kansas-Nebraska Act, in Peoria Speech
Kansas-Nebraska Act
Republican Party is formed
1855 Runs for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully
1856 Civil War in Kansas
James Buchanan is elected the 15th U.S. President
1857 Dread Scott decision
1858 Debates Stephen Douglas for U.S. Senate seat
Gives "House Divided Speech" in Springfield
1859 Brown's raid at Harper's, Ferry
1860 South Carolina secedes from the Union
1859 Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th United States President and first Republican



1861 Inaugurated on March 4, in Washington D.C.
Fort Sumpter is attacked
Issues call for 75,000 volunteers
Orders a blockade of the South
Battle of Bull Run
1862 Announces preliminary emancipation proclamation
Son William dies of typhoid fever at age 11
Battle of Shiloh
Second Confiscation Act passed
Battle of Antietam
Battle of Fredericksburg
1863 Issues Emancipation Proclamation
Delivers the Gettysburg Address
Proposes Moderate Reconstruction Policy
Conscription Act
Victory at Vicksburg
Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Chattanooga
1864 Names Ulyssess S. Grant as Union General
Abraham Lincoln is Re-elected President by defeating George B. McClellan
Battle of the Wilderness
1865 13th Amendment abolishing slavery is proposed to the states
President Lincoln give his second Inaugural Address on March 4
Visits Richmond
Fall of Petersburg
Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox on April 9. Also present was General George Armstrong Custer who was the first to receive the white flag of surrender from the Confederate Army.
Lincoln Gives his last speech on April 11
Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater on April 14
Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m on April 15

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