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Abraham Lincoln Summary

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Abraham Lincoln Summary

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Abraham Lincoln was born Sunday, February 12, 1809, in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. His parents names were Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. They named him after his grandfather. Abraham's grandfather had been killed by Indians long before Abraham had been born. Both of his parents were born in Virginia. Abraham had an older sister and a younger brother. His younger brother was named Thomas but he died in infancy. Abraham's sisters name was Sarah. Abraham's father was a hard worker, he was a carpenter and a farmer.

Abraham's parents were members of a Baptist congregation which had separated from another church due to opposition to slavery. Abraham was seven when his parents decided to move to Indiana. One of the reasons they wanted to move there was because of slavery. Abraham had attended school for a little while in Kentucky and did so again in Indiana. In 1818, Abraham's mother died from milk sickness. It was a sickness that you got from drinking the milk from cows which had eaten poisonous white snakeroot. He took her death hard. His father remarried in a year. Abraham liked his new step mother. She brought along three of her own children to the household. Her name was Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln.

As Abraham grew up he realized that he preferred learning things than to be working in the fields. This caused a problem between Abraham and his father because his father was the complete opposite. Abraham would borrow books from his neighbors. In 1818, Abraham was kicked and almost killed by a horse. Sarah Abraham's sister died while in labor. She was buried with her baby that was born dead. In 1830 the Lincoln family moved west to Illinois. The next year Abraham moved to New Salem by himself. He lived there until 1837.

While he was in New Salem he worked several jobs including operating a store, surveying, and serving as postmaster. Everyone liked his character, especially when he wrestled the town bully. He then earned the nickname "Honest Abe"....

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