Abraham Lincoln Essay

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     Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin located in Hodgenville Kentucky on the twelfth of February in the year of 1809. His parents were Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Lincoln had one older sister (Sarah) who was born in 1807. Three years after Abraham was born, his mother gave birth to a baby boy they named Thomas. The family was faced with devastating turmoil when Thomas died while he was still an infant. When Abe was nine years old he was kicked in the head by a horse, which caused his family to believe him to be dead. He survived, but his mother died a few months later of milk sickness. Thomas, Abraham’s father, remarried one year later to a young woman named Sarah Bush Johnston. Sarah was a widow who had …show more content…
     Lincoln’s experience in New Salem was not an all around unsuccessful one. He did manage to become Postmaster as well as Deputy County Surveyor. He was also finally elected to the Illinois General Assembly on August fourth as a member of the Whig party, at the young age off 24. At this point in his life, Lincoln developed a desire to find a new career and he began to study law. In early 1835 Lincoln is faced with more unpleasant conditions. William Berry (the man he shared the store with) passes away, leaving his debt to Lincoln. Seven months later Lincoln’s love interest, Ann Rutledge, passed away at the age of 22 from a fever. Now, however, Lincoln is a leader of the Whig party and is re-elected to the Illinois General Assembly. During his reign he helped to move the state capital from Vandalia to its current location in Springfield. In 1837 he becomes law partners with John Stuart after moving to Springfield. One year after his partnership with Stuart he became involved in a famous murder case defending Henry Truett. For two year he traveled within nine counties in central and eastern Illinois as a lawyer on the eighth Judicial Circuit. In that year he met Mary Todd (his future wife) at a dance when she was twenty-one years old. One year later the two became engaged. Lincoln argued his first case before the Illinois Supreme Court in June of 1840. He was also re-elected to the General
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