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The Life of Abraham Lincoln

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Chemari Reeves

on 3 November 2013

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The Life of Abraham Lincoln
What did he do?
He announced his candidacy for a seat in the Illinois state legislature, declaring himself as an independent candidate.
Where was he from?
Abraham Lincoln is from Nolin Creek in the South fork near Hodgenville,Kentucky.
Because of disputed titles to his Kentucky land, Lincoln's father moved his family to the wilderness of Spencer County, Indiana.
Lincoln settled in a pioneer village in New Salem northwest of Springfield, Illinois.
When was he president?
Abraham Lincoln served as President from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.
Who was he?
He described himself as a piece of "floating driftwood".
Abe Lincoln was born in one room cabin on February 12, 1809 in Larue County, Kentucky.
He risked his life while fulfilling his duties in the American Military.
Second child of parents Nancy and Thomas Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln lost 5 separate elections before being elected President.
Based on these facts I believe that Abraham Lincoln had a successful and interesting life before he was ever known as the President of the Umited States
He was the leader of a group of volunteers for the Black Hawk War
He studied law was admitted as a member of the State Bar in 1836
Six months after his arrival in Illinois, Abe let his ambitions get the best of him.
In my opinion I believed that Abe himself loved to travel throughout the United States and had a lot of experience while going out and about.
During this time the famous Civil War was in effect.

He served for a time as a soldier in the Black Hawk War, taught himself law, and held a seat in the Illinois state legislature as a Whig politician in the 1830s and 1840s. From state politics, he moved to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1847, where he voiced his opposition to the U.S. war with Mexico. In the mid-1850s, Lincoln left the Whig Party to join the new Republican Party. In 1858, he went up against one of the most popular politicians in the nation, Senator Stephen Douglas, in a contest for the U.S. Senate. Lincoln lost that election, but his spectacular performance against Douglas in a series of nationally covered debates made him a contender for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination.

While the war raged, Lincoln also suffered
great personal anguish over the death of his
beloved son and the depressed mental
condition of his wife, Mary. The pain of war and
personal loss affected him deeply,
and he often expressed his anguish by turning to
humor and by speaking eloquently
about the meaning of the great war which raged

across the land
Almost all historians judge Lincoln as the greatest President in American history because of the way he exercised leadership during the war and because of the impact of that leadership on the moral and political character of the nation.

Lincoln was convinced that within the branches of government, the presidency alone was empowered not only to uphold the Constitution, but also to preserve, protect, and defend it.

In the end, however, Lincoln is measured by his most lasting accomplishments: the preservation of the Union, the development of democracy, and the death of slavery—accomplishments achieved by acting in the pursuit of a more perfect and equal union.

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