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U.S. Time Periods » 1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction

Lincoln Home National Historic Site: A Place of Growth and Memory

recounts the life of our 16th president. See photos of the house in Springfield, Illinois, that Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and family occupied for 17 years. Read news accounts of his departure for Washington, D.C., from Springfield and of his funeral. Learn about the series of events that led to his election as the first president born west of the Appalachians. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Interesting Fact:

By 1860 Abraham Lincoln was on his way to national fame and the presidency of the United States. But in the early 1850s Lincoln did not hold an elective office and wasn't interested in seeking one. Lincoln had already held a variety of elected offices in the 1830s and 1840s and by the 1850s he was focusing on his prosperous legal career and raising his family.
Funeral Dignitaries in front of Lincoln's Home, May 1865. (Courtesy Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library)

Funeral dignitaries -- May 1865

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