Our nation’s first Republican president was non other that Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was president from 1861 to 1865, during the American Civil War. This man was the key to abolishing slavery while leading a nation that is literally fighting itself. If a “civil war” compiled with emancipating slavery doesn’t merit the definition of “crisis” then nothing does. The Hodgenville, Kentucky born Republican was elected for a second term when it looked like the north was going to succeed in victory. Lincoln was famously assassinated on April 14, 1865 by well known actor and confederate spy John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln was attending a play at Ford’s theater when Wilkes Booth snuck into the president’s booth and executed Lincoln with a single shot 5.87-inch Derringer.

Lincoln had invited Ulysses S. Grant to be his guest at the play but his wife Julia (Grant) and Mary Todd (Lincoln) did not get along. Had he decided to come, Grant would have brought his own extra military security force which may have possibly prevented the first presidential assassination in American History.