27 Facts About President Abraham

1. President Abraham wrote at this time that God "could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest.

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2. President Abraham was private about his beliefs and respected the beliefs of others.

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3. President Abraham signed the Homestead Act in 1862, making millions of acres of government-held land in the West available for purchase at very low cost.

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4. President Abraham assumed that political control in the South would pass to white Unionists, reluctant secessionists, and forward-looking former Confederates.

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5. President Abraham believed, as most Republicans did in April 1865, that the voting requirements should be determined by the states.

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6. President Abraham had long made clear his opposition to the confiscation and redistribution of land.

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7. President Abraham signed into law Senator Charles Sumner's Freedmen's Bureau bill that set up a temporary federal agency designed to meet the immediate material needs of former slaves.

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8. President Abraham obtained Congress's consent to reinstate for Grant the rank of Lieutenant General, which no officer had held since George Washington.

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9. President Abraham commented favorably on colonization in the Emancipation Proclamation, but all attempts at such a massive undertaking failed.

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10. President Abraham felt such action could only be taken by the Commander-in-Chief using war powers granted to the president by the Constitution, and Lincoln was planning to take that action.

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11. President Abraham ignored Lincoln's order to divide his troops, and possibly force Lee to do the same in Harper's Ferry, and tendered his resignation, which Lincoln accepted.

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12. President Abraham expanded his war powers, and imposed a blockade on all the Confederate shipping ports, disbursed funds before appropriation by Congress, and after suspending habeas corpus, arrested and imprisoned thousands of suspected Confederate sympathizers.

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13. President Abraham ended his address with an appeal to the people of the South: "We are not enemies, but friends.

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14. President Abraham was the first president from the Republican Party.

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15. President Abraham attended the May 1856 Bloomington Convention, which formally established the Illinois Republican Party.

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16. President Abraham abandoned the bill when it failed to garner sufficient Whig supporters.

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17. President Abraham was the only Whig in the Illinois delegation, but he showed his party loyalty by participating in almost all votes and making speeches that echoed the party line.

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18. President Abraham was known for his "free soil" stance of opposing both slavery and abolitionism.

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19. President Abraham partnered with Stephen T Logan from 1841 until 1844.

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20. President Abraham was an affectionate, though often absent, husband and father of four children.

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21. President Abraham attained a reputation for brawn and audacity after a very competitive wrestling match with the renowned leader of a group of ruffians known as "the Clary's Grove boys".

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22. President Abraham became very close to his stepmother, whom he referred to as "Mother".

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23. President Abraham was a descendant of Samuel Lincoln, an Englishman who migrated from Hingham, Norfolk, to its namesake of Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1638.

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24. President Abraham made major decisions on Union war strategy, including a naval blockade that shut down the South's trade.

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25. President Abraham suspended habeas corpus, and he averted British intervention by defusing the Trent Affair.

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26. President Abraham gained national attention in 1858 debating a top national Democratic leader Stephen A Douglas.

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27. President Abraham was a leader in building in the West the new Republican Party from Whigs and anti-slavery Democrats.

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