1. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln risked his own life to free those that were enslaved. When Lincoln became President in 1861, the country was on the brink of a Civil War. Lincoln delivered the infamous Gettysburg Address after a major Union victory at Gettysburg saw more than 50,000 soldiers die during a 3-day battle.
In response to the war, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that granted the freedom of all slaves in Confederate States that didn’t return to the Union by January 1st, 1863. And on February 1st, 1865, the 13th amendment was passed that formally abolished slavery in the U.S. Unfortunately, just 2 months after, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre.