Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War, a time of moral, political and constitutional criss wherein thousands of people died. The North defeated the South, keeping the Union intact, and instigated the abolishment of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, a Confederate spy, while attending a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.
Abraham Lincoln was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.