President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus to maintain public order in restive areas. Restive areas are areas in which people are restless, unruly and often disobedient. Habeas corpus refers to a person's right to appear before a judge before imprisonment.Know More
Suspending habeas corpus helped the Union win the American Civil War. Though several states on the border between the Union and the Confederacy were ostensibly members of the former, they often had large populations that sympathized with the latter. This situation made it difficult for President Lincoln to maintain order in those areas, which were necessary to supply the front with food, material and soldiers.
In April 1861, just after the beginning of the war, a mob in Baltimore had impeded the progress of Union troops, causing a violent riot. In response to this, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus, ignoring a judgment against him by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. A year later he suspended it throughout the nation to keep order at home while fighting the war in the South. That meant that Union generals could arrest and detain without trial anyone who was perceived as a threat to public safety.Learn More
Abraham Lincoln had several professions over his lifetime, but most notably, he was the 16th president of the United States of America. Elected in 1860, Lincoln led the country through the American Civil War. By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Lincoln freed all slaves in the Confederate States, a major stepping stone to the eventual abolishment of slavery in America.Full Answer >
Abraham Lincoln's parents had two other children. Sarah was Abraham's older sister and Thomas was his younger brother, but he died in infancy. Abraham's parents were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln.Full Answer >
Many common historical presidential myths exist, including that George Washington, not Abraham Lincoln, had wooden teeth manufactured by Paul Revere, when in fact both did not. The long-standing tradition that Abraham Lincoln drafted his Gettysburg Address on the back of an envelope is also untrue, according to About.com.Full Answer >
John Wilkes Booth was the person who shot Abraham Lincoln. An actor, Booth had access to all parts of Ford's Theater, where he shot President Lincoln on April 14, 1865.Full Answer >