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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 in Kentucky In 1818 he moved to Indiana On November 4 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd In 1832 Lincoln became a candidate for state legislature but he lost Later that year he was appointed to postmaster of New Salem then later became deputy county surveyor Lincoln ran for the Illinois legislature but was not successful Two years later Lincoln was elected to the Lower House for four terms as a Whig After this he ran for a seat in the US senate but he was defeated Lincoln then joined the newly formed Republican Party He was chosen to run against John C Breckenbridge for US president and he won and became the sixteenth President of the United States Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes booth on April 14 1865 Booth started planning to assassinate Lincoln in 1864 Samuel Arnold Michael OLaughlen John Surratt Lewis Powell George Atzerodt and David Herold helped Booth in assassinating Lincoln John Wilkes Booth was a racist and a southern sympathizer Booth was against everything Lincoln represented Lincoln was assassinated at the fords theatre in Washington DC Booth wanted revenge for the souths ills which he thought Lincoln brought The Lincoln Assassination On April 14 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of An American Cousin at Fords Theater President Lincoln died the next morning The person who had killed Lincoln was John Wilkes Booth A few days before he was killed Lincoln had told his spouse about a dream he had he saw a president shrouded on a catafalque in the east room of the White House Even after this dream he attended An American Cousin at Fords Theater John Wilkes Booth thought the president was determined to destroy the constitution set aside the rights reserved to the states crush civil liberties and restore monarchy He saw the confederacy was the only means to of upholding the values of
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