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Who are some of the most famous past presidents?

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Some of the most famous past presidents include Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Abraham Lincoln was made famous for his views on slavery as well as for his role in the Civil War.

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Lincoln abolished slavery in the United States in 1863 by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. He is also remembered for his work in keeping the Union together through the secession of the Southern states and the Civil War itself. Sadly, Lincoln's views on the abolition of slavery made him a target of those who favored slavery, such as John Wilkes Booth. Booth assassinated Lincoln in 1865.

John F. Kennedy is remembered for his youthful potential, which was tragically squandered when he was assassinated in 1963. He is also remembered for his intelligence and well written, inspirational addresses. His greatest work as president was his foreign policy efforts, facing down the Soviet leader while avoiding nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as well as his domestic initiatives, which were enacted into law by his successor, Johnson.

Ronald Reagan was a famous president in part because he was famous before he took office. Reagan was a famous actor who appeared in over 50 films during his Hollywood days before he turned to politics. He is also remembered for an assassination attempt on his life, although it failed. Politically, Reagan was famous for reducing taxes and helping to re-stimulate the economy. He also appointed the first woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor.

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