President Abraham Lincoln was no doubt a great leader. I know the show Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter spread rumors about him, but they aren’t true. He wasn’t a vampire. President Lincoln didn’t exactly have an easy path to becoming a great leader. When he was younger, his father was really tough on him. President Lincoln didn’t like him very much at all. But, he loved the two mothers he had. President Lincoln’s father died in 1851 before Abraham’s big political career. Not having a father figure to look up to, he had to learn many things on his own. Throughout this piece it will guide you through President Abraham Lincoln’s journey to becoming President, and why he was a great leader.On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky in a one room cabin on a farm to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. He was born the youngest child, soon to be middle. He had an older sister named Sarah Lincoln, and a soon to be younger brother named Thomas Lincoln, but Thomas died in infancy. When Lincoln was a young boy he lived a bland life since his parents couldn’t afford for him to go to school. He never went to college and in fact only had about a total of 18 months of education, which was when he was entering adulthood. October 5, 1818, Abraham Lincoln’s mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln died, Abraham was only nine years old. Abe’s father realized he needed help so he went out in search of a wife back in Kentucky. He left his kids alone for six months with very little to eat and in poor condition. About a year later, December 2, 1819, Abraham Lincoln’s father Thomas Lincoln married a widow named Sarah Bush Johnston. She had three children of her own already. She was a very loving person. Sarah Johnston was actually the one who wanted Abe to read, and so he did. When Abe was around nine he worked on the farm for his family. His family moved twice. Once, after he was born in Kentucky . Then, when he was around twenty they moved to Illinois. As Abe got older he made a living splitting wood and rails.When Abe was 17 he found work on a ferryboat. Since he enjoyed the experience so much, two years later he built a flatboat and went down the Mississippi River to New Orleans to deliver some of his family’s farm produce. After his family moved for the second time, Abe built a second flatboat and did the same thing. After this trip, in 1831 Abraham independently moved to New Salem, Illinois. While in New Salem, Abe had many jobs such as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and general store owner. Six months after Abe arrived in New Salem he announced his candidacy for a seat in the Illinois state legislature in the Independent Party. Then, the Black Hawk War broke out in 1832. This was the war between the US and Native Americans. Abraham Lincoln volunteered to fight in the war. The other volunteers in the area made him temporary captain. Abe was greatly honored by this. Abraham ended up not seeing any combat in the war. When he came back he continued his campaign, but he didn’t have time to campaign in enough places in Illinois so he ended up losing. Abraham Lincoln ran again in 1834 for the same position and he won. He kept winning in the years 1836, 1838, and 1840. He left office in 1841. In 1840 Abraham Lincoln campaigned for William Henry Harrison who was running for president. On November 4, 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd. Together the two had four children named Edward, William, Thomas, and Robert. In 1846 Abraham Lincoln got a seat in the US House of Representatives. In 1848 Lincoln campaigned for Zachary Taylor who was running for president. For the next 6 years after that, Abraham Lincoln studied law. Abraham Lincoln always said how he loved the mothers that raised him, but clearly not his father Thomas Lincoln. He didn’t attend his father’s funeral in 1851. In 1854 he was elected to the US legislature. He soon resigned to run for the US senate, but he ended up losing the race.March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated for his first term as our 16th president. Hannibal Hamlin was his vice-president. Soon after Abraham became president there was an attack by the Confederates on Fort Sumter, marking the beginning of the civil war. This happened on April 12, 1861. It was the war deciding for slavery or no slavery. It was the Union versus the Confederacy, the North versus the South. The Union was against slavery and the Confederacy was for slavery. Abraham Lincoln was the President of the Union and Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederacy. April 16, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, otherwise known as Washington, D.C. From the time April 17, 1861, to June 8, 1861, four states left the union: Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Then on Jan 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation states that all slaves are now and forever free. November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address Speech. This speech was a dedication to all the Union Soldiers that were killed during the battle of Gettysburg, which ended on July 3, 1863. This battle was part of the Civil War and a very bloody battle too. On Jan 31, 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment was passed. This called for the freeing of all slaves and no compensation to be given to their owners. Since Abraham Lincoln did all of this, on March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as our president for his second term. Andrew Johnson was his vice-president. Not long After, April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. This marked the end of the civil war. Abraham Lincoln had done his job and won, and slavery was to be no more. Abraham Lincoln wasn’t far into his second term as President when on April 14, 1865, he was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theater. The next day, April 15, 1865, Abraham Lincoln died in Washington, D.C.One quality President Abraham Lincoln had that made him a great leader was being strategic. During the Civil War, he was the President of the Union and he won the war. After this he abolished slavery. Being strategic helped him win the Civil War. Lincoln was not as well prepared for the civil war as Jefferson Davis the President of the Confederacy. Lincoln had never been in combat and had very little military experience. On the other hand, Davis graduated from West Point and had a lot of military experience. One thing Lincoln did that was strategic was getting black slaves on his side and allowing them to fight in the war. That meant more bodies fighting which was really helpful. Another thing Lincoln did was that he used all of his resources to build a powerful military. President Abraham Lincoln knew he had more resources like guns, food, and people. He knew that if the war kept going the Confederacy would run out of resources and the Union would win. Two things that prove this is that in 1860 northern states produced 97% of the United States firearms and 94% of its pig iron. That was already a huge advantage. On top of that, there was 22 million people in the North and only 9 million in the South. Without even any battles have happened in the Civil War the Union had a big advantage, and Lincoln used that advantage to help him win the war. One last thing that President Abraham Lincoln did that proved he was strategic and helped him win the Civil War was picking the right people for the right places. He knew who to pick and where to put them for the best outcome. A great example of this is when he picked General Ulysses S. Grant who played a big part in the Union winning the Civil War. Ulysses S. Grant actually later became our President. This was how President Abraham Lincoln was a great leader because he was strategic.A separate quality that President Abraham Lincoln possessed that made him a great leader was being motivational. President Abraham Lincoln inspired many people through his speeches like the Gettysburg Address, his first Inauguration speech, and many others. President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address speech on November 19, 1863. He gave this speech right after the battle of Gettysburg to honor the Union soldiers that fought, and also the ones that had fallen. Through this speech, Lincoln motivated many people. During the speech, he made a public statement on the issue of slavery and the significance of the war. To begin the speech Lincoln reminded everybody listening to the speech of the Founding Fathers’ vision which was a proposition that all men are created equal. He next talked about how the Civil War was putting to the test the willpower of the envision of how the Union wants the world to become, how the Union is going to have to work hard to accomplish their goal of a better future. After Lincoln had already gotten the listeners hooked and motivated, he honored the Union soldiers in the battle and how their struggle had been paving the way for the Union and that everybody has to continue the hard work if they want a better future for themselves and America. He talked about how these soldiers shall not have died in vain, but rather for the greater good. Throughout his entire speech he motivated many people to keep on persevering so the Union could win the war. Another speech that President Abraham Lincoln gave that was very motivational was his Inauguration speech when he became the1 6th President of the United States. This speech was before his first term. He gave this speech on March 4, 1861. Already before this speech was given, seven states have already left the Union, and America was on the verge of war. Throughout the speech, Lincoln made many statements and promises. Two things he promised was to not interfere with the institution of slavery where it stands and also to temporarily get rid of federal activities happening in hostile areas. He also took a very firm stance on the seizing of federal property, which was happening in the areas that left the Union. Following this, he talked about how the Union and the Confederacy aren’t enemies but friends, and how they together succeeded from Great Britain. He said that everything would be much better if the two became one again. This motivated people in the Union to stay in the Union, and people who aren’t to join. Although Lincoln tried to prevent the war, about 6 months later on April 12, 1861, the civil war started. The war started when the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter.President Lincoln had many qualities, but one of the great ones was determination. Lincoln was never a slacker. He always got stuff done. Two examples of this are the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. Both of these were based on trying to get rid of slavery. President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862 issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Though, The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t go in effect until January 1, 1863. When this went into effect it stated that all slaves in the southern states were free. Of course the southern states didn’t actually free their slaves, but this got the slaves on the Union’s side because the slaves knew the Union thought they should be free. After the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect Black Soldiers were allowed to fight in the Union Army for their freedom. This got more people fighting for the Union. By doing this, Lincoln proved that he was determined and that he wanted to win the war. That is one reason Lincoln is determined, which makes him a great leader. Another reason was that Lincoln approved of the Thirteenth Amendment on February 1, 1865, the amendment was then sent to state legislatures and later approved. President Abraham Lincoln had a vision for a better America and he wanted to make that a reality. Passing the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery was something he thought was right. Lincoln was determined to get rid of slavery. Could you imagine a world now with slavery? Thanks to Lincoln we don’t have to. President Abraham Lincoln made a better America. This proves why he was determined and overall a great leader.President Lincoln was a great leader for three main reasons. Among the leadership qualities he possessed, one was being strategic. He picked the right people for the right jobs in the Civil War. That was one factor that contributed to President Lincoln and the Union winning the war. President Lincoln was also motivational. In his speech, the Gettysburg Address, he motivated people to continue the fight for a better America, in which they succeeded. Lincoln had one more amazing leadership trait. He was always determined. He got many things done, such as the Thirteenth Amendment which banned slavery in America. These qualities were no doubt the reason President Abraham Lincoln was a great leader.