Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th President of the United States, until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led the country through the American Civil War, ended slavery, and promoted economic modernization. He also became a country lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives but later failed in two attempts at a seat in the United States Senate. Although Lincoln is most remembered for what he has done, He was also a loving husband and father of four children. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. His father and mother, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln, with their children, lived in a one-room log cabin in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky. Abraham's father, Thomas, became a respected citizen of rural Kentucky and by the time Abraham was born he was the richest man in the area. But due to a faulty title in 1816, the Lincoln family lost all their riches and made a new start in Perry County, Indiana. His mother, Nancy Lincoln, died when Abraham was only nine years old of milk sickness, and soon after, his father remarried Sarah Johnston. But soon after remarrying Sarah, Thomas began fearing the milk sickness outbreak, and decided it would be best to move the family to public land in Macon County, Illinois only to relocate the family a year later to a new homestead in Coles County. While in Coles County, 22-year-old Lincoln struck out on his first adventure down the Sangamon River to the village of New Salem by flatboats. Hired by businessman, Denton Offutt, and accompanied by friends, Abraham took goods from New Salem to New Orleans, Illinois, and the Mississippi river, but shortly after his arrival in New Orleans, Abraham had his first real encounter with slavery and shortly after witnessing it, he walked home disgusted with what he has seen. One year later, with Abraham at the age of

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