Before Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States, he said, “America cannot be a house divided. This government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. It will become all one thing, or all the other”. Abraham Lincoln became the United States’ 16th President on March 4, 1861. He would remain President until his death on April 15, 1865.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He was nineteen years old when he witnessed his first slave market in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was shocked to see that people were being sold like property. Soon, he acquired his law degree and became interested in politics. He also began to publicly speak out against slavery.