Abraham Lincoln and Executive Power Print E-mail
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
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Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813–1861)
Abraham Lincoln’s political archrival.

Horace Greeley (1811–1872)
Editor of the New York Tribune during the Lincoln administration.

Mary Todd Lincoln (1818–1882)
Lincoln's troubled wife, daughter of a prominent Lexington, Kentucky, family.

Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln (1788–1869)
Lincoln's supportive stepmother, wife of Thomas Lincoln.

Thomas Lincoln (1776 or 1778–1851) and Nancy Hanks (1784–1818)
Lincoln's parents. Nancy died when Lincoln was still a boy. Lincoln's relationship with his father, Thomas, gradually deteriorated.

James Polk (1795–1849)
Eleventh president of the United States. Lincoln was opposed to the Mexican-American War, which Polk supported.

Edwin McMasters Stanton (1814–1869)
Lincoln's Secretary of War.

Roger B. Taney (1777–1864)
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court during Lincoln's presidency.