It’s the life in your years.”
On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States. He won the election over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.
Although Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote, he defeated the three other candidates: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Constitutional Union candidate John Bell, and Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas, a U.S. senator for Illinois.
President Lincoln is best known for ending slavery. However, Lincoln’s service as president is also notable for the day of thanksgiving he proclaimed on the last Thursday of November 1864. America’s modern Thanksgiving holiday dates from that first national observation.
I believe President Lincoln will forever be remembered as one of the greatest American presidents.