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Most influential president: Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama?

Through war, diplomacy, successes and failures, the power of the presidency has been essential in shaping American history. For President's Day 2018, we've asked Tylters to decide which U.S. president made the biggest impact—and now we're down to the final two. Abraham Lincoln saw us through the Civil War but Barack Obama's historic presidency saw both economic recovery and legislative successes. Which president made the biggest impact? 🦅

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The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in America, and throughout history, presidents have led us through global conflict, civil war, economic crises and cultural revolutions. For President's Day 2018, we're asking Tylters to tell us which president they believe had the biggest impact—positive or negative—on America.

We started with 16 presidents, and now we're down to the final two. Which president do you believe was the most influential: Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama?

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The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln saw America through the most contentious time in our history—the Civil War. As president, Lincoln preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and built up the Republican Party.

Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives before becoming president in 1861. Lincoln's victory immediately led to the secession of seven southern slave states who formed the Confederate States of America. The Civil War would be America's bloodiest wars, killing an estimated 620,000 men, or 2 percent of the entire U.S. population.

Lincoln famously declared all slaves "henceforward shall be free" in the Emancipation Proclamation:

I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865, by actor John Wilkes Booth while watching a play.

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The 44th and first African-American president of the United States, Barack Obama's presidency was both historic and culturally significant.

Obama was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, Obama went to Chicago where he served in the Illinois state senate and eventually the U.S. Senate before becoming president in 2008.

As president, Obama made health care reform his main focus and signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. He also notably rescued the country from the Great Recession, cut the unemployment rate in half and began normalizing relations with Cuba. In 2009, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

In his inaugural address, Obama championed the power of a united America.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
This is our time—to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth—that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can.

Obama served two terms and has dedicated his time post-presidency to redistricting efforts. 

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FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Most influential president: Abraham Lincoln or Barack Obama?
#TeamLincoln
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamObama