U.S. President Abraham Lincoln came from a poor family, was self-educated, and became a lawyer in Illinois. While serving in Congress, he opposed the 1846 War with Mexico. Abraham Lincoln lost a bid for Senate to Stephen A. Douglas. He was against the expansion of slavery. When elected president in 1860, seven Southern slave states formed the Confederacy. His entire term in office was spent fighting the Civil War. He suspended habeas corpus and charted new ground expanding the powers of the presidency. He pushed through the 13th Amendment permanently outlawing slavery. His Gettysburg Address has become an iconic statement of America’s principles. Six days after Lee’s surrender, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
There are three separate branches of government in the United States; the legislative, executive, and judicial. The president is the head of the executive branch, the elected head of state, and the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. The executive branch is responsible for executing and enforcing federal law and appointing heads of all executive agencies and federal commissions. The president is responsible for promoting diplomacy with other nations, issuing executive orders, and signing pardons and international treaties. When legislation is passed in Congress, the president has the power to sign or veto bills. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural-born citizen of the U.S., at least 35 years old, and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. Elections are held every four years and the president is limited to two, four-year terms.
The Abraham Lincoln biographical history mug is part of our Presidential series. The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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