171 years ago it was 1844. Abe Lincoln, who ran for President in 1860 and won, was born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky:

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States, was the first president born west of the Appalachian Mountains.  His birth in a log cabin at Sinking Springs Farm took place on February 12, 1809, when that part of Kentucky was still a rugged frontier.