Abraham Lincoln was a great president because of his intelligence, his growth, and his actions. President Lincoln freed a lot of people. Lincoln freed African-Americans held in bondage by those who wanted to be paid for their labor while abusing them. Lincoln was a man of his time who did not feel the African-Americans could live among whites, but he grew as a person and a leader. Lincoln helped to free many whites through education with Land-Grant universities helping to create a broad middle-class. These are just a few reasons to cite Abraham Lincoln as a great president.