Abraham Lincoln was once an American Whig congressman. In Quincy, Illinois in 1858, Lincoln spoke against slavery as a "moral, a social and a political wrong". He and the Republican Party wanted to prevent it institution from growing any larger and to eventually end it.
Abraham Lincoln was elected president in November 1860. Many Southerners in the United States saw him wanting to abolish slavery as hostile toward there way of life and economy. This ultimately caused South Carolina to succeed from the United States and the start of the Civil War in 1861. (PROSE: Blood and Hope)
In 1863, the Third Doctor gave President Lincoln a sketched map that he had made of the Confederate lines at Gettysburg. Lincoln gave the map to General Ulysses S. Grant, thus helping the Union Army to win the Battle of Gettysburg. (COMIC: Backtime)
On 19 November of that year, Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. The First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Vicki Pallister watched the speech on the Time-Space Visualiser. (TV: The Chase) Peri Brown once suggested that she, the Fifth Doctor and Erimem should go and see Lincoln delivering the same speech. (AUDIO: The Roof of the World)
The transtemporal adventuress Iris Wildthyme once shared breakfast with Lincoln on the White House lawn after saving the United States from "Martian invaders" for the third time. She told George Strangeways that she and Lincoln had had "such a laugh." (AUDIO: The Panda Invasion)
Only a few days later, on 14 April 1865, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe would become embroiled in a plot to prevent Lincoln from being assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. (AUDIO: Assassin in the Limelight) Conversely, the Eighth Doctor would later tell his companion Charley Pollard that he once attempted to convince Lincoln not to go to the theatre. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell)
By the 20th century, a waxwork replica of Lincoln was in Madame Tussauds when the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw visited the building to investigate the first Auton invasion of Earth. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
Behind the scenes
- Abraham Lincoln is one of only three real-world US Presidents to be portrayed on-screen in televised Doctor Who, not counting the wax dummies from Spearhead from Space. The others are Barack Obama, who appeared in The End of Time, and Richard Nixon, who appeared in The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon.