The major accomplishments and the
famous, main events that occurred during the time that
Abraham Lincoln was president included the
attack on Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War
(1861 - 1863), the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), the
Conscription Act (1863) and the Gettysburg Address
(1863). Other main events included the Ten Percent Plan,
the 1862 Homestead Act, the 1863 Proclamation of Amnesty
and Reconstruction and the establishment of the
Freedmen's Bureau. General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General
Ulysses S. Grant on April 9 1865 and the Civil War
ended. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by
John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865 and the famous
president died on April 15, 1865, aged 56.
The next president was Andrew Johnson.
February 12, 1809
Place of Birth:
Political Party: Republican
/ National Union
Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson
Age at Inauguration:
Height: 6 feet
No religious affiliation
Date of Death:
April 15, 1865
Date of Abraham
4, 1861 to April 15, 1865
The Nickname of Abraham Lincoln: Honest Abe
The nickname of President Abraham Lincoln provides an insight into
how the man was viewed by the American public during his presidency.
The meaning of the Abraham Lincoln nickname "Honest Abe" refers to his integrity and
trustworthy nature - in his early years he had earned this
reputation by returning money to customers who had accidentally
overpaid him. The meaning of his nickname "Rail Splitter" was a
reference to his humble beginnings working on a farm and his
reputation as a 'man of the people'.
Character and Personality Type of Abraham Lincoln
The character traits of President Abraham Lincoln can be described
as hard working, humorous, logical and witty. It has been speculated that the Myers-Briggs
personality type for Abraham Lincoln is an INTP (introversion, intuition,
thinking, perceiving). A modest, reserved, stoic character with a
preference to work informally with others as equals. Abraham Lincoln
Personality type: Quiet, analytical, impatient and thoughtful.
Accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln and the Famous Events during his Presidency
The accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln and the most famous events during his
presidency are provided in an interesting, short summary format
detailed below. For
additional interesting facts and articles refer to our separate Civil War
Summary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The
were a series of seven public debates between Republican Abraham
Lincoln and Democrat Stephen Douglas that concerned the issue
of slavery and the extension of slavery into territories such as
Kansas. The Lincoln Douglas debates transformed Abraham Lincoln into
a national figure and helped him win the presidential election in
The Trent Affair
Summary of the Trent Affair: The
was a serious diplomatic incident that occurred on November
7, 1861. The Trent Affair nearly
sparked a war with the British when two Confederate
diplomats, James Mason and John Slidell, were taken from the British
mail ship, the RMS Trent, by Captain Wilkes of the USS San Jacinto.
1862 Homestead Act
Summary of the 1862 Homestead Act: The
was signed by President Abraham Lincoln
on May 20, 1862 during the Civil
War (1861-1865), following the secession of the Southern states. The
Homestead Act was "An Act to secure Homesteads to actual Settlers on
the Public Domain". The Homestead Act enabled 270 millions acres, or
10% of the area of the United States, to be claimed and settled by
The Emancipation Proclamation
Summary of the Emancipation Proclamation: The
was made by Abraham Lincoln and formally issued as
presidential proclamation on January 1, 1863. It was introduced as a
war measure during the Civil War freeing the slaves in those
territories still in rebellion against the Union (the Confederate
States of America). By issuing the
Emancipation Proclamation the Civil War, that had initially started
to preserve the Union, became a revolutionary struggle for the
abolition of slavery.
Slavery was eventually banned throughout the United States by the
13th Amendment which was ratified on December 6, 1865.
1863 Proclamation of Amnesty and
Summary of the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction: The
1863 Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction
was made by Abraham Lincoln on December 8, 1863 offering pardon
to Confederates who would swear to support the Constitution and the
The Ten Percent Plan
Summary of the Ten Percent Plan: The
Ten Percent Plan
was devised by President Abraham Lincoln in order to
reunify the North and South after the end of the Civil War.
The moderate Ten percent Plan required 10% of seceded state voters take oath of loyalty to Union, to create a new state government and to adopt a new constitution abolishing slavery.
Summary of the Wade-Davis Bil: The
was in opposition to President Lincoln's lenient Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction and his Ten Percent Plan
and was pocket vetoed by President Abraham Lincoln and never took effect.
The Gettysburg Address
Summary of the Gettysburg Address: The
was a short speech given on November, 19, 1863 by President
Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
to commemorate the massive numbers of deaths and casualties at the
Battle of Gettysburg that was fought July 1Ė3, 1863.
The Gettysburg Address consisted of just 270 words and took just
over 2 minutes to deliver.
The Freedmen's Bureau
Summary of the Freedmen's Bureau: The
was a federal agency established on March 3, 1865, just
before the end of the Civil War, to
help emancipated slaves (freedmen). The Freedmen's Bureau performed
relief work for poor black and white people in war-stricken
areas in the South, regulated working conditions and provided
support for education of freedmen.
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Summary of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: The
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
took place on the evening of April 14, 1865 at Fordís Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassination was perpetrated
by John Wilkes Booth a Southern sympathizer. President Abraham Lincoln died the next day and was pronounced dead on April 15, 1865. His assassin, John Wilkes Booth, escaped on the night of the assassination but was cornered 12 days later May 10, 1838 in Bel Air, Maryland where he was shot
dead by a Union soldier.