Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. His family consisted of his mother, Nancy Lincoln; father, Thomas Lincoln; older sister, Sarah Lincoln; and younger brother, Thomas, who died in infancy. Lincoln lived with his family in a one-room log cabin. When Lincoln was nine his mother died in the autumn of 1818, the following year his father brought home a new wife for himself. Sarah Bush Johnson Lincoln, who was a widow with two girls and a boy, and Abraham became very close. Abraham soon referred to as “angel mother.” Lincoln had moved from Kentucky to Indiana, and now he lived in Illinois, at the age of twenty-one. While in Illinois, he was a rail-splitter and a flatboatman, taking voyages down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon returning from New Orleans, he moved to a village, called New Salem, located on the Sangamon River. There he worked different jobs as a storekeeper, postmaster, and surveyor. While living in New Salem, he enlisted as a volunteer of the Black Hawk War, and was elected captain, and defeated. The next year he moved to Springfield, Illinois, where he was handed more lawyer jobs, but lasted nearly ten years with different partners. He soon after became a lobbyist for the Illinois Central Railroad and retained as a regular attorney for that railroad. About twenty years after starting his legal career, he had made himself one of the most distinguished and successful lawyers in Illinois. Lincoln found the first real love of his life, Mary Todd. Soon Lincoln and Todd were engaged, but one day in 1841, the engagement broke off. The two were separated for some time, but reunited back together and were married on November 4, 1842. The couple had four children, Edward Baker, William Wallace, Robert Todd, and Thomas, only one child survived to adulthood. After

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