He came from Illinois to run for President, but had little experience that would prepare him for that office. His educational background was questioned. Early in his career he had made statements critical of traditional Christianity and was viewed by many as being anti Christian. His base political support came from people who were radically liberal. Rumors about he and his wife filled the tabloids. Many people feared his election would destroy this country. Once elected he appointed corrupt or inept people to high positions in his administration. He suspended laws that protected individual rights, and tried to limit free speech. . He criticized free enterprise declaring that, " capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people." He revamped the banking system, and called for printing more paper money than all of his predecessors combined. He instituted large tax increases while the national debt increased 15 fold during his first term. People questioned his ability to make military decisions; he was mistrusted and even opposed by some of the country's top military leaders. His popularity dropped rapidly as citizens questioned his ability to lead and his political opponents opposed his every move. Under his presidency this nation's stature diminished on the world stage, and his election led to open rebellion. In spite of all of these difficulties he served well as President the United States of America until he was assassinated on April 14, 1865.