The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky and was the second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. His nickname was Honest Abe and The Great Emancipator and he was six foot and four inches tall. Lincoln’s childhood was rough. His family moved to several places; from Kentucky to Indiana, and then to Illinois in his early twenty’s. His parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln were married on July 12, 1806. Together, they had three children: Sarah, born on February 10, 1807; Abraham, born on February 12, 1809; and another son named Thomas who died in infancy. Abraham’s father, Thomas Lincoln was uneducated but was a relatively successful Kentucky farmer. He also worked as a cabinetmaker and carpenter. While the family worked hard at farming, Thomas had to rely on hunting most of the days to feed his family. His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln was very religious and taught the children about the Bible and she believed in the importance of education. However, schools were uncommon in the lightly populated areas, but a school opened nine miles away when Abraham was about 7 and Nancy insisted Thomas to let their children attend. Their walk to school would have taken Abraham 2.5 to 3 hours each way so it was a huge commitment. When Abraham was 9 years old and his older sister Sarah was 11 years old, their mother died of milk sickness. Milk sickness occurs when someone drinks dairy products or eats meat from an animal that has been eating a

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