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Abraham Lincoln: (1809 – 1865) 16th President of the United States, Lincoln successfully led his country through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union while ending slavery and promoting economic and financial modernization. His Gettysburg Address of 1863 became the most quoted speech in American history. Assassinated by actor, and Confederate sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth. A copy of a check, accomplished in his own hand and signed in 1860, matted and framed as shown with his portrait to an approximate overall size of 17x22x1 inches.