Was Lincoln’s Actions In Which Violated Civil Liberties And Abused The Presidential Power Justified?

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President Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was the second child born of his parents who were farmers. In 1840, Lincoln became engaged to Mary Todd the two married on November 4th 1842. Lincoln was a dedicated lawyer who was very passionate about his law practice. He had a partnership with Stephen T. Logan that was formed in 1841 and during this time, he was producing the equivalent income to a governor, with a salary of $1,200. He ended the business relationship with Stephen T. Logan to create a different partnership with his mentee William H. Herndon. Lincoln served in Congress from 1847 to 1849 during the Mexican War. After he served his term in Congress, Lincoln ran for the Whig presidential nominee but lost to Zachary Taylor, which was due to his strong opposition of the Mexican War and his idea that there should be no slavery on United States land acquired from Mexico. After this, Lincoln returned to Springfield, the city of his residency, and developed into one of the most prominent lawyer in the state. During the 1850’s, Lincoln’s caseload had increased tremendously and his annual income had grown to around $5,000. Lincoln had involved himself in politics once again in 1854, after the Kansas-Nebraska Act that voided the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and allowed for slavery in the territory of the Louisiana Purchase. After being defeated and once again continuing his law practice, Lincoln assisted in the creation of the Republican Party in Illinois in 1856. He later became the party’s leader of the state of Illinois. He then attempted to become the vice presidential nominee, but sadly lost. However, in 1858, Lincoln once again became very active in the political world. The Republican Party nominated Lincoln and from there he gave his famous “House Divided” speech on June 17th, 1858 in Springfield, stating, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Lincoln and Senator Douglas then underwent a series of debates resulting in Douglas winning and becoming reelected and Lincoln loosing once again. He continued to campaign for future Republican candidates. In 1860, Lincoln was nominated as the Republican presidential nominee and on November 6th, 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States. During Lincoln’s presidency, the South had succeeded from the Union, and elected their own “president” Jefferson Davis. On April 12th, 1861 the Confederate South open fired with 50 cannons upon Fort Sumner in Charleston, South Carolina. As a result, the Civil War had begun and the nation that was once united became divided by war.
Abraham Lincoln was the president of the entire United States, even though the nation was divided into the North and the South because of war. As president, he executed many actions that were questionable on whether or not that he had the power to execute such actions and if such actions were justifiable. Lincoln took specific actions that challenged the power of the...

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