There were 36 stars
there were 36 stars on the American flag when Abraham Lincoln was president.
When Abraham Lincoln became President, the official American flag had 33 stars. Lincoln was America's 16th President, having been elected on March 4, 1861.
Lincoln was President from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. From 1861-1863 there were 34 stars on the flag, and from 1863-1865 there were 35 stars on the flag.
Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States on March 4, 1861, at which point there were 33 stars on the United States flag. As of July 4 of the same year, a new flag was introduced, with 34 stars, due to Kansas being added to the union.
There were 50 states, and 50 stars on the flag, when Jimmy Carter became president.
The 13 stars of the original colonies
there were 13 when he became president and 3 moreadded while in office16 altogether.
James Monroe became the 5th president of the United States in 1817. During this time there were 15 stars on the flag. During his presidency, until 1825, nine stars were added.
When Taft became President, the US flag had 46 stars. In 1912, New Mexico and Arizona became states 47 and 48.