Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. His parents were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks who were both farmers. They lived in a one-room log cabin on the 348-acre Sinking Spring Farm in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born in the west. When Lincoln was nine, his mother died of milk sickness. Milk sickness was known as tremetol vomiting. It would cause trembling, vomiting, and severe intestinal pain to those who eat dairy products or meat from a cow that has fed on white snakeroot. Soon after his mothers death, his father remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston. Lincoln and Sarah were close. The next year, his father moved the family to a new homestead in Coles County, Illinois. When Lincoln was 22-years-old he ventured out on his own, canoeing down the Sangamon River to the village of New Salem in Sangamon County. By that time, Lincoln only had 18 months of education. In 1840, Lincoln became engaged to Mary Todd. Mary came from a wealthy family based in Lexington, Kentucky. They met in Springfield in December 1839. They wedding was set for January 1, 1841, but the couple split before the wedding. Life brought them back together and married on November 4, 1842. They had four sons named Robert Todd (August 1, 1843) Edward Baker (March 10, 1846), William Wallace (December 21, 1850), and Thomas (April 4, 1853). Edward passed away early at two months old. Lincoln began his political career in March 1832 at age 23 when he announced his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly. His policical goal was to improve the navigation on the Sangamon River. In 1834, he won an election to the state legislature. He served four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives representing Sangamon County. In 1836 he had went back to Springfield to be a lawyer. In 1837, he and another legislator declared that

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