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Lincoln's Leadership

Abraham Lincoln gave a famous speech called the Gettysburg Address. He visited a Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. His speech asked for peace and justice. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/GETTY IMAGES

The other president we honor on Presidents’ Day is Abraham Lincoln. His birthday was February 12, 1809. He was born in a log cabin in Kentucky. His parents did not know how to read or write. But Lincoln would go on to become a lawyer and the 16th U.S. president.

Lasting Legacy

Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861. It was a difficult time in America. The country’s North and South began a civil war. Lincoln worked to put the country back together. He also signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. This promised freedom to enslaved people. For this, he gained the nickname the Great Emancipator.

Lincoln was also frequently called Honest Abe. He got the nickname as a lawyer. Americans celebrate his accomplishments on Presidents’ Day.