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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from 1861 to 1865, during the United States Civil War. Before his presidency, Lincoln built his career as a lawyer, represented Illinois in the United States House of Representatives, and was one half of the famous Lincoln-Douglass debates on the place of slavery in the American republic. Victory in the US Civil War and abolition of slavery are Lincoln's greatest legacies, although he is also notable for being the first Republican Party president. Abraham Lincoln did not belong to any Christian denomination although he did attend services at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church while living in Washington. As the Civil War progressed (and particularly after the death of his son in 1862), Lincoln featured religious themes more regularly in his speeches and letters. When asked if God was on the Union's side in the Civil War, Lincoln famously replied: "I am not at all concerned about that.... But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side."