History in a 5×5

Ashley A |
Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates. For preserving the Union and bringing an end to slavery, and for his unique character and powerful oratory, Lincoln is hailed as one of the greatest American presidents. Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/abraham-lincoln-elected-president