The 16th president of the United States of America was Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac begat..no, that’s the wrong story. This ought to be the story of the tall bearded man from Illinois who led our great nation to freedom and unity. But his term was not all hunky-dory for the glory-boy. When He was elected in 1860, not only did the south want to secede from the union of the United States, but Mrs. Mary-Todd Lincoln wanted to redecorate the White House.
Mrs. Lincoln was a very odd (some might say disturbed) individual. She frequently was overcome with emotion over small things, and eventually drove most of the other political couples to want to avoid the Lincolns at all costs. Abe and Mrs. Lincoln had four children. One died at a very young age back in Illinois.
The other three were Robert, Willy, and Tad. Robert was in Harvard during the time when the Lincolns moved into the White House. But tragedy struck the Lincolns when the middle son died of disease. Mrs. Lincoln totally flipped out and it took while to bring her back to the real world.
Needless to say, this was a very trying time for the President. Lincoln also had the big problem of Civil War on his hands. He had a heck of a time finding generals for the war. His first pick was Lee, but Lee decided that he would rather stay with Virginia than fight on the side of the Nation. Lincoln also had a hard time with McClellan and Hooker.
McClellan refused to fight. Hooker would fight, but there were some controversies over who he let follow the troops around. But in spite of all of this, he led the Nation back to unity. Lincoln was shot and killed in the Ford’s Theater April 14th, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. If that assassination had not taken place, I believe that there would have been even more continued reconstruction of the country and better race relations.