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Abraham Lincoln

45th President of the United States
Incumbent
Assumed office January 20, 2017
Vice President Annabelle Hamlin
Preceded by James Buchanan
Personal details
Born Abraham Thomas Lincoln
February 12, 1970
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse Mary Todd
Alma mater Dartmouth College (BA)
University of Chicago (JD, MBA)
Profession Lawyer, Military Officer
Religion American Baptist
Military service
Branch United States Army
Years of service 1992–1996
Rank Captain
Unit 4th Infantry Division

Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1970) is the 45th and current President of the United States.

He was born in Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; the second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Lincoln (née Hanks). Lincoln's father was a carpenter and his mother was a homemaker. On October 5, 1979, his mother died of lung cancer. In July of 1980, Lincoln's family moved to Springfield, Illinois. On December 2, 1983, Thomas Lincoln married the former Sarah Bush, a diner cook. After he graduated from Lanphier High School in 1988, Lincoln went on to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, on an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army via the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

While at Dartmouth, Lincoln decided to become an infantry officer. Upon graduating from the Infantry Officer Basic Course at the U.S. Army Infantry School, he attended basic parachute training at the U.S Army Airborne School and then the Ranger course at the U.S. Army Ranger School. After earning the Ranger Tab, Lincoln attended the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Leader Course and was then assigned to the 4th Infantry Division as a mechanized infantry platoon leader in the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. He eventually rose to the position of mechanized infantry company executive officer.

Lincoln left the U.S. Army at the rank of Captain in 1996 after four years of service and moved to Chicago, Illinois. There, he enrolled in the four-year joint MBA/JD degree program at the University of Chicago. After earning both a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School, Lincoln passed the Illinois Bar Exam in June of 2000 and subsequently obtained a position as a junior associate in the litigation department at a corporate law firm in Springfield, Illinois. On October 3, 2002, he married the former Mary Todd; a paralegal whom he'd been dating for nearly two years. On August 1, 2003, their son, Robert Todd, was born. A couple of weeks later, with his wife's encouragement, Lincoln decided to run for Congress.

He won the Republican primary on March 16, 2004. On November 2, 2004, Lincoln was elected to the United States House of Representatives by the voters of Illinois's 18th congressional district. He was sworn in as a congressman on January 3, 2005. Lincoln served on the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform and the U.S. House Committee on International Relations. On March 10, his and Mary's second son, Edward Baker, was born. Lincoln was re-elected to a second term on November 7, 2006. His and Mary's third son, William Wallace, was born on December 21. On July 5, 2007, Lincoln announced his candidacy for the United States Senate in the 2008 election. He handily won the Republican nomination on February 5, 2008. However, Lincoln lost the Senate race to incumbent Democratic Senator Stephanie A. Douglas by a very narrow margin on November 4, 2008. He subsequently ended his tenure in Congress on January 3, 2009.

In May of 2009, Lincoln joined Stephen T. Logan & Associates, a business consulting and corporate civil litigation law firm, as a senior partner. On April 4, 2010, his and Mary's fourth son, Thomas Smith, was born. Lincoln left Stephen T. Logan & Associates in October of 2010 and co-founded with prominent corporate attorney William Herndon, Lincoln-Herndon LLC, a strategic consulting and legal services firm. He served as the firm's CEO and as the firm's director of public relations. Lincoln-Herndon LLC soon became highly regarded for its consulting services in the areas of homeland security, corporate governance, entrepreneurial ventures, crisis management, compliance and regulatory advice, and litigation strategy. As the firm's public relations director, Lincoln became a regular and well-known commentator on both political and financial events on cable news channels and in print media.

On February 23, 2015, he announced that he was forming a presidential exploratory committee. Lincoln officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the presidency on March 23, 2015. On May 3, 2016, he became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party after his victory in the Indiana primary and the withdrawal of the last competitors, Senator William Seward of New York and Senator Simon Cameron of Pennsylvania, from the race. On May 26, Lincoln secured his 1,238th delegate, achieving a majority of the available delegates. On July 16, 2016, he announced the selection of Senator Annabelle Hamlin of Maine as his vice-presidential running mate. On July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

In the general election, his Democratic opponent was Illinois Senator Stephanie A. Douglas; coincidentally, the same woman whom had defeated Lincoln in his Senate race eight years earlier. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Lincoln was elected 45th president of the United States, beating Senator Douglas. He received 306 votes in the Electoral College and 51.9% in the popular vote. Lincoln was inaugurated and sworn into the presidency by Chief Justice of the United States Roger B. Taney on January 20, 2017.

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