Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, 16th President of the United States (Republican, IL), Response to critics charging that it would be immoral to pay slave owners for their slaves when they have criminally abused the slaves and already made money from the live ones and the ones who they killed
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Abraham Lincoln was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.