Abraham Lincoln Essay

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In a moment of prophetic intuition, Abraham Lincoln turned to his bodyguard, William H. Crook on April 14, 1865 and said, “Crook, do you know I believe there are men who want to take my life? And I have no doubt they will do it…I know no one could do it and escape alive. But if it is to be done, it is impossible to prevent it.” That very evening, John Wilkes Booth, shot President Lincoln in the head at close point range while he watched the play Our American Cousin in the Ford’s Theatre. A week before his assassination, Confederate forces had surrendered to the Union. Lincoln had successfully preserved the Union which would earn him the admiration and historical acknowledgement as America’s greatest and most beloved President. Abraham Lincoln was born to a poor farm family who were constantly on the move. His early years were spent living in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Lincoln was self-educated and a hard worker. An avid reader, he read Shakespeare and poured over law books. In 1837, he was admitted to the bar and moved to Springfield where he would meet and marry Mary Todd, the daughter of a Kentucky banker. Lincoln was not a man who knew a lot about his family roots. In fact, when asked for autobiographical information, he gave only the smallest detail of his ancestral roots. John Locke Scripps of the Chicago Tribune asked Lincoln questions about his upbringing that would aid him in writing Lincoln’s campaign biography. Lincoln replied, “Why Scripps…it is a great piece of folly to attempt to make anything out of my early life. It can all be condensed into a single sentence, and that sentence you will find in Gray’s Elegy: The short and simple annals of the poor. That’s my life, and that’s all you or any one else can make of it.” Lincoln’s life would overshadow his rough and poor beginnings. He served for a time as a soldier in the Black Hawk War, and

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