Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky and died on April 15, 1863. He is well known as our 16th president and the leader of the union during the American Civil War. Lincoln’s earliest childhood memories were of a flash flood, which had washed away corn and pumpkin seeds he had helped his father plant. Lincoln helped his father clear fields and take care of crops but grew to dislike hunting and fishing. His mother died autumn of 1818. His father remarried to Lincoln’s stepmother on two winters later. She was supportive of his desire to read but did not know where this desire came from because both of his parents were illiterate and he himself had nearly no education at all. On March 1830 they moved to Illinois. Lincoln was 21 and about to start life on his own because of his lack of desire for farming he tried many different jobs. He helped to clear and fence his father’s new farm and he worked as a flatboat man and made a voyage down the Mississippi river to new Orleans. After the trip he came back to Illinois and worked as a storekeeper, postmaster, and surveyor. In the black hawk war he was a volunteer and was elected captain. Lincoln also tried blacksmithing but preferred law so he moved to Springfield because of opportunities for being a lawyer. He made really good living as a lawyer, he got approximately 1200-1500 a year. After 20 years of being a lawyer he started to be involved in national politics. Lincoln was a republican, and he was neither abolitionist nor proslavery. He believed and once said that “A house divided against itself cannot stand ….. the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free”. He lost his first election to Douglas but he won his second election. Before Lincoln had even moved into the white house, a disunion crisis was upon the country. Shortly after winning presidency there was a war outbreak. Lincoln felt it necessary to make a stand against the confederacy...
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