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Abraham Lincoln

1809 - 1865

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Abraham Lincoln ( LINK-ən; February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the Union through the American Civil War to defend the nation as a constitutional union and succeeded in abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy. Lincoln was born into poverty in a log cabin in Kentucky and was raised on the frontier, primarily in Indiana. He was self-educated and became a lawyer, Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator, and U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abraham Lincoln has received more than 49,085,034 page views. His biography is available in 191 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 184 in 2019). Abraham Lincoln is the 33rd most popular politician (down from 28th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from United States (up from 8th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Politician.

Abraham Lincoln is most famous for being the 16th president of the United States. He led the country through the Civil War, which was a conflict between the Northern and Southern states. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

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Among politicians, Abraham Lincoln ranks 33 out of 15,577Before him are Attila, Hurrem Sultan, Mao Zedong, Queen Victoria, Commodus, and Osman I. After him are Qin Shi Huang, Louis XVI of France, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Justinian I, Richard III of England, and Umar.

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Among people born in 1809, Abraham Lincoln ranks 3Before him are Charles Darwin and Edgar Allan Poe. After him are Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Braille, Nikolai Gogol, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, Bruno Bauer, Albert Pike, William Ewart Gladstone, and Joseph Liouville. Among people deceased in 1865, Abraham Lincoln ranks 1After him are John Wilkes Booth, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Leopold I of Belgium, Ignaz Semmelweis, Emil Lenz, William Rowan Hamilton, Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, and Heinrich Barth.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Abraham Lincoln ranks 7 out of 18,182Before him are Thomas Edison (1847), Thomas Jefferson (1743), Muhammad Ali (1942), Jimmy Carter (1924), Edgar Allan Poe (1809), and Steve Jobs (1955). After him are Marilyn Monroe (1926), Neil Armstrong (1930), Sylvester Stallone (1946), Grace Kelly (1929), Ulysses S. Grant (1822), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Abraham Lincoln ranks 3Before him are Thomas Jefferson (1743) and Jimmy Carter (1924). After him are Ulysses S. Grant (1822), Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882), Martin Van Buren (1782), Benjamin Franklin (1706), John F. Kennedy (1917), James K. Polk (1795), Hillary Clinton (1947), Ronald Reagan (1911), and Joe Biden (1942).