Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He was one of the best presidents that the US had. Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 and was assassinated April 14, 1865, and was pronounced dead April 15, 1865 at 7:22 A.M. Abraham Lincoln was an outstanding citizen, and his actions and contributions continue to influence the citizens of our country and our community today. He was an outstanding citizen because first, he did a lot to become the successful president that he was, next, because he overcame the difficulties he had as a child, and last because all the good things he did as president. First, Abraham Lincoln became president in 1860 and was president from 1860 to 1865. Lincoln began his political career in 1832 at the age of 23 when he announced his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly. In 1834 running as a Whig for the first time, he won an election to the State Legislature and after coming across Commentaries on the Laws of England, he began to teach himself law. Before the election he served as a captain in a company of the Illinois militia during the Black Hawk War. Lincoln became an able and successful lawyer. He served four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives as a representative from Sangamon County, and became a leader of the Illinois Whig Party. In 1837 he made his first protest against slavery in the House, stating that the institution was “founded both injustice and bad policy”. Then before Lincoln became president, in 1858 he ran against Stephen A. Douglas for senator, he lost but he gained a national reputation when he debated with Douglas. Next, Lincoln’s childhood wasn’t what you would call the best childhood. He had many difficulties growing up. Abraham was born in Hardin County, Kentucky but grew up...
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