Abraham Lincoln Bio.|
A Biography of Abraham Lincoln|
Abraham Lincoln was born in a cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The couple had two other children: Abraham’s older sister Sarah and younger brother Thomas, who died in infancy. When Abraham was 9 his mother died of milk sickness at age 34 and the event was devastating on him. Abraham grew distant from his father and resented the hard work given to him at an early age. A few months after Nancy’s death, Thomas married Sarah Johnston a Kentucky widow with three children of her own. She was a strong and affectionate woman with which Abraham quickly bonded with. Though both of his parents were illiterate, Sarah encouraged Abraham to read. Young Lincoln eventually migrated to the small community of New Salem, Illinois where over a period of years he worked as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and eventually general store owner. It was here that Lincoln, working with the public, acquired social skills and honed story-telling talent that made him popular with the people who lived in the small town. Abraham Lincoln began his political career and was elected to the Illinois state legislature in 1834 as a member of the Whig Party. This political understanding led him to formulate his early views on slavery, not so much as a moral wrong, but as an damper to economic development. It was around this time he decided to become a lawyer, teaching himself the law by reading Blackstone’s on the Laws of England. (N/a, . "Abraham Lincoln." www.Biography.com/people/AbrahamLincoln. Bio.com, 5 2009. Web. 5 Jan 2013. <www.Biography.com/people/AbrahamLincoln>.)
In 1844, Abraham Lincoln partnered with William Herndon in the practice of law. Though the two had different styles, they developed a close professional and personal relationship. Lincoln made a good living in his early years as a lawyer, but found that...