Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 (Boritt 311). Lincoln was born on a farm in present day Hodgenville, Kentucky (Boritt 311-312). When Lincoln was born his family was very poor (Boritt 312). Lincoln had a mom and a dad, Thomas and Nancy, and a sister named Sarah (Boritt 312).
Lincoln was a self educated person (Oates 41). Lincolns family moved to Indiana in 1816 (Jordan). Lincoln’s mother died in 1818 (Jordan). One year after Lincoln’s mother died his father married a Kentucky widow (Jordan). Lincoln’s family left Indiana for Illinois in 1830(Jordan). Lincoln served briefly in the Black Hawk War in 1832(Jordan). Lincoln began his political career in 1832; he was 23 years old( Jordan). In 1837, he made his first protest against slavery (Jordan). On November 4, 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd (Jordan). In 1844 Lincoln entered law practice with William Herdon (Jordan). Lincoln was a prosperous lawyer and won election to the Illinois legislature and to Congress (Oates 21). Lincoln served one term (1847-49) as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (Jordan). Lincoln spoke against the Mexican-American War (Jordan). Lincoln’s debates in 1858 with Stephen A. Douglas on sectionalism and slavery made him a national figure and lead to the Presidency (Oates 41). In February 1860, Lincoln made his first major political appearance in the northeast when he addressed a rally at Cooper Union in New York (Jordan). In March 1861, seven states had seceded from the Union (Jordan). Lincoln defused a war scare with the United Kingdom (Jordan).
Lincoln was the commander and chief of the army (Boritt 321). He lead the United States during the Civil War (1861-1865) which was the greatest crisis in U.S. history (Boritt 310). Abraham Lincoln was 52 years old at the... [continues]
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