Abraham Lincoln, from the backwoods of Hodgenville Kentucky, rose to become one of the greatest presidents of the United States. During his attempt to keep the Union in the Civil War, he gained more power and authority than any president before him. He was an excellent politician, and was always looked upon for leadership because he put reason and thoughtful decisions behind his word.
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. He was conceived in a log cabin built by his father, Thomas Lincoln. His mothers name was Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Abraham had one older sister, and a younger brother that died as an infant. The Lincoln family moved a lot, from Kentucky to Indiana, and back to Kentucky. He never had any sort of formal education. He read two books that truly left a lasting impression on his life; Mason Locke Weem's Life and Memorable Actions of George Washingtonthese books inspired him and motivated him throughout his life.By the time he was nineteen Abe reached his full grown height of six feet four inches. He held small jobs such as a clerk, postmaster and a few others through his early twenties. Then in 1832 he ran for county candidate in Illinois against 13 others. Only four were to be elected and Lincoln finished eighth. In 1834 he ran for a representative to the Illinois legislature, and by that time Lincoln he was well known and he won the election, and on December 1 he finally took his seat in the state government of Vandalia. He was a part of the Whig Party and the Republican Party.
Abe began to study law, and in 1836 became a licensed attorney. In 1837 he made his first public stand against slavery. Lincoln avoided extreme abolitionist groups and he was greatly against slavery.
On November 4, 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd, whom he spent the rest of his life with. He became a United States Congressman, although he was an amateur, his goal was to...