The first president born west of the Appalachians, Abraham Lincoln resides at the top of lists devoted to rating the presidents. (Please look at this article by Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr “Rating the Presidents: Washington to Clinton.”). Some sites to consider: Abraham Lincoln Newspaper Archive (thousands of free contemporary newspaper accounts); The New York Times has a special topic section devoted to Lincoln; an excellent overview is presented by Miller Center of the University of Virginia; the American Presidency Project contains thousands of presidential documents, including Lincoln’s; visit C-SPAN’s Lincoln 200 Years; the Library of Congress has its Abraham Lincoln: A Resource Guide as well as a major exhibit slated to open on the 12th; the Library is also home to the Abraham Lincoln Papers (with over 10,000 transcriptions); the Abraham Lincoln Association published the annotated Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln in eight volumes and you can also read its Journal; books on Abraham Lincoln abound, more than on any other president; and let’s not forget the local connection – the Lincoln Association of Jersey City.
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds…and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and others.” – Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865. (He was dead the next month.)