This day in history: Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th US president

This day in history: Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th US president

- On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was appointed the president of America

- Lincoln acted as the US's 16th president, succeeding John Henry

- He served as head of state until his death on 15 April, 1865

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Today, 6 November, marks the 159th anniversary of the election of Abraham Lincoln as the president of the United States.

Lincoln, who practised law in Springfield, was elected as the American head of state on 6 November, 1860.

He became the country's first Republican president and, according to Wikipedia, the support he gathered from the North and West secured his victory.

This day in history: Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th US president

Abraham Lincoln, who served as the 16th President of the United States of America. Photo credit:
Source: UGC

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In 1864, Lincoln ran for president again and he won the re-election. However, on 14 April, 1865, he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by an actor, John Wilkes Booth, who believed he had been helping the South.

In honour of Lincoln's legacy and the anniversary of his election, took a look at a couple of interesting facts about the former late US president.

Wife and children

Lincoln married Mary Todd on 4 November, 1842. reported Todd was a high-spirited, well-educated woman who hailed from a wealthy Kentucky family.

The couple had four sons together but only one made it to adulthood.

Civil War

When the US' bloodiest war began on 12 April, 1861, Lincoln responded to the threat unlike any head of state before him.

Without appropriation from Congress, distributed $2 million - which is about R29 million today - from the Treasury for war material.

He also called for 75 000 volunteers into military service without a declaration of war, added.


Abraham Lincoln was given various nicknames throughout his career - including The Liberator and Father Abraham. However, a notable one that spoke a lot about his character was Honest Abe.

Lincoln was awarded the nickname for his honesty. According to UrbanFaith, one of the examples of Lincoln's honesty was when he mistakenly took six cents too much from a customer while working as a store clerk.

That night after the store closed, he walked nearly five kilometres to return the person's money.

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