The 16th president of the United States of America was
Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac begat...no, that's
the wrong story. This ought to be the story of the tall bearded
man from Illinois who led our great nation to freedom and
unity. But his term was not all hunky-dory for the glory-boy.
When He was elected in 1860, not only did the south want to
secede from the union of the United States, but Mrs.
Mary-Todd Lincoln wanted to redecorate the White House.
Mrs. Lincoln was a very odd (some might say disturbed)
individual. She frequently was overcome with emotion over
small things, and eventually drove most of the other political
couples to want to avoid the Lincolns at all costs. Abe and
Mrs. Lincoln had four children. One died at a very young age
back in Illinois. The other three were Robert, Willy, and Tad.
Robert was in Harvard during the time when the Lincolns
moved into the White House. But tragedy struck the Lincolns
when the middle son died of disease. Mrs. Lincoln totally
flipped out and it took while to bring her back to the real
world. Needless to say, this was a very trying time for the
President. Lincoln also had the big problem of Civil War on
his hands. He had a heck of a time finding generals for the
war. His first pick was Lee, but Lee decided that he would
rather stay with Virginia than fight on the side of the Nation.
Lincoln also had a hard time with McClellan and Hooker.
McClellan refused to fight. Hooker would fight, but there were
some controversies over who he let follow the troops around.
But in spite of all of this, he led the Nation back to unity.
Lincoln was shot and killed in the Ford's Theater April 14th,
1865 by John Wilkes Booth. If that assassination had not
taken place, I believe that there would have been even more
continued reconstruction of the country and better race
relations.