16th President, 1861-1865
National Debt: $2,680,647,869.74 billion
Lincoln is a popular president for having preserved the Union during the Civil War and abolished slavery and continued democratic elections even during the war. But during the Civil War, Lincoln appropriated powers no previous President had wielded: he suspended the writ of habeas corpus, spent money before Congress appropriated it, and imprisoned between 15,000 and 18,000 suspected Confederate sympathizers without trial. Lincoln also signed the Revenue Act of 1861 creating the first U.S. income tax and he also created a system of national banks through the National Banking Acts of 1863, 1864 and 1865. Lincoln also allowed for elections during the war and was vehemently opposed to foreign banking investors. I believe he would be appalled by our current debt and entitlement fiasco.
So he claps for the Constitution? It must be because the Constitution is very national debt/anti-welfare heavy and doesn't speak much about individual rights.