February 12, 1809
Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.


April 15, 1865
Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.

Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States, Store Clerk, Rail Splitter, Lawyer, Congressman

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old as well as new, North as well as South.

—Abraham Lincoln