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Abraham Lincoln
Perhaps you are impressed by President George Washington or you are inspired by Tim Tebow. Maybe you want to swoop from building to building like Spiderman or care for orphans like Mother Teresa. Many people are heroes or can be someone's hero. My Hero is Abraham Lincoln because he inspires me to always tell the truth and stand up for things that may not be popular, but are just. There are many qualities of a hero that fit Abraham Lincoln. Some include that the hero must have a goal or quest that he is on. The hero’s path is beset with dangers, loneliness, and temptations. The hero suffers a wound, physical or mental. A quality of a hero is that his path is beset with dangers, loneliness, and temptation. Abraham Lincoln had plenty of dangers not only with the Confederates, but with the ordinary people in the North. Some may not approve of what he is doing and speak out against him. His biggest danger, at the time, was the south. Abraham Lincoln had plenty of temptation too. He could have just given up against the confederacy and let the states break off, but he saw a brighter future for both if they would stick together. He could have given up his fight against slavery and there would have been no civil war. He knew it wouldn’t be right though until all men and women were treated with equality. Another quality of a hero is that the hero suffers a wound, physical or mental. Obviously his wound was physical. He had his life taken by John Wilkes Booth. That was one of the dangers that he faced while he was president. During his days as the President of the United States, he accomplished many great things. The one he is most remembered for is that he abolished slavery. Slavery was still common throughout the world when he stood up against it. He was very unpopular in the south because the south needed slaves to help run their farms and large plantations (McPherson). Another accomplishment was that he had ended the civil war with the North winning the war (Abraham Lincoln - EnchantedLearning.com). If the Confederacy had won, slavery could still be going on today. We also do not know what they would have done to punish the Union as well. Before Abraham Lincoln had accomplished all that, Abraham Lincoln was born to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin on a farm in Hardin County, Kentucky (Bruns). Thomas Lincoln had come to Kentucky from Virginia with his father Abraham in 1782 (McPherson). He acquired only enough literacy to sign his name but gained modest prosperity as a carpenter and farmer on the Kentucky frontier (McPherson). At one point in his young age, he was kicked by a horse and was thought to be dead ("Facts about Abraham Lincoln."). Lincoln's formal schooling was limited to three brief periods in local schools, as he had to work constantly to support his family (Johnson). In 1846 Lincoln was elected into the US House of Representatives, where he accredited the Mexican-American War to President Polk’s need for “military glory” (Lehrman).

After settling in the town of New Salem, Illinois, where he worked as a shopkeeper and a postmaster, Lincoln became involved in local politics as a supporter of the Whig Party, winning election to the Illinois state legislature in 1834 (Johnson). Like his Whig heroes, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, Lincoln opposed the spread of slavery to the territories, and had a grand vision of the expanding United States, with a focus on commerce and cities rather than agriculture (Johnson). Lincoln's congressional term (1847-1849) was dominated by controversies over the Mexican War (Lehrman). He took the standard Whig position that the war had been provoked by President James K. Polk (Lehrman). On 22 December 1847 Lincoln introduced "spot resolutions" calling for information on the exact "spot of soil" on which Mexicans shed American blood to start the war, implying that this spot was actually Mexican soil (McPherson). Lincoln also voted several...