The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th, 1809, in Hardin County Kentucky in a one room log cabin to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln. Nancy died when the boy was young of “milk sickness” (which comes from a cow’s milk being bad) in 1818. Shortly after Thomas and the young Abraham moved to southern Indiana. Education was limited for the young boy to just 3 brief periods, because he had to work with his father to continue living in their home. In total the spots in time he did go to school only totaled to about one year. Lincoln basically taught himself by reading, and re-reading a small collection of books he owned. Later on his father went on to marry a widow named Sarah Bush Johnston who had children of her own; she loved Lincoln like one of her own. Lincoln was elected into the state legislature in 1834 serving four consecutive terms, until 1841 and achieved prominence as a Whig, later gaining his license as an attorney in 1836. Lincoln was also elected in the United States House of Representatives in 1846, serving his term the following year. While reading law, Abraham worked in a store, he managed a mill, surveyed, and split rails. In 1834 he went to the Illinois legislature as a Whig and became the party’s floor leader. For the next 20 years he practiced law in Springfield, except for a single term in congress, where he denounced the American Mexican War. In 1855, he was a leading but unsuccessful candidate for the vice presidential nomination with Fremont, Lincoln gained

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