Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address antique print. Original page from ‘The Illustrated London News’ dated April 8th. 1865 with the caption “The second inauguration of President Lincoln in front of the Capitol at Washington”.
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman, politician, and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War, its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. He preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the U.S. economy.
The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Though no longer at the geographic centre of the Federal District, the Capitol forms the origin point for the District’s street-numbering system and the District’s four quadrants.