Biography of Abraham Lincoln

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Biography of Abraham Lincoln

Dominique Bailey

Table of Contents

Page 3 – Introduction
Page 4 – Early Life
Page 5 – Law Career
Page 6 – Entering Politics
Page 7 – Elected President
Page 8 – Emancipation Proclamation - Civil War
Page 9 – Reconstruction - Assassination
Page 10 – Conclusion
Page 11 – Bibliography

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Introduction

Abraham Lincoln is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest heroes and one of its sharpest political minds. Born into frontier obscurity and raised in a log cabin, Lincoln rose quickly in society from a backwoods rail-splitter to a militia
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Lincoln made a good living in his early years as a lawyer, but found that Springfield alone didn’t offer enough work.

Early Politics Abraham Lincoln served a single term in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1847- '49. Lincoln started his political career with a campaign in 1832 for the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party. The campaign was not successful though and he lost the seat. Soon after the campaign, he was elected captain of an Illinois militia company of New Salem during the Black Hawk War. In 1834, Lincoln won election to the state legislature and influenced by the Commentaries on the Laws of England, he started learning law. After admission to the bar in 1837, he moved to Springfield and established himself as a formidable adversary and successful lawyer. In 1837, Lincoln made his first protest (leader of the Illinois Whig Party) against slavery in the Illinois House and labeled it as “inhumanity based upon injustice and bad policy.”

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Elected President
In 1854, Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which repealed the Missouri Compromise, and allowed individual states and territories to decide for them whether to allow slavery. Lincoln joined the
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