10 Fascinating Facts About Abraham Lincoln and Slavery


  • In the 1840s, the self-educated Abraham Lincoln represented slave owner Robert Matson, who wanted to once again enslave a free, mixed-race woman. Lincoln lost the case, and Jane Bryant and her children were declared officially free. They later settled in Liberia.
  • In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd. Her family in Kentucky enslaved Black men and women.
  • While serving as an elected representative in the Illinois legislature, Lincoln supported Zachary Taylor, a slave owner, in Taylor’s 1848 bid for the presidency.

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