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Transcript of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
His father was Thomas Lincoln and his profession was shoe making.
His mother was Nancy Lincoln and she was a seamstress.
Abraham had two siblings, Sarah and Thomas Lincoln.
Abraham didn't get much education, he taught himself by reading books.
He did go to school when he was 6, 7, 11, 13, and 15 years old.
However all that time in school added up to less than a year.
At the age of 21 he could do the basics- arithmetic, read, and write.
In 1831 Abraham becomes a store clerk in Illinois.
Lincoln became state legislature in 1834.
In 1836 Abraham recieved his attorney license.
He then moved to Springfield, Illinois. He proved that he was a great attorney.
In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd.
Abraham served one term in in congress in 1847.
Lincoln became a presidential candidate when he impressed in the "Lincoln Douglas debate" a series of seven debates.
Lincoln's opponents were William Seward, Douglas, John Breckinridge, and John Bell.
In 1860, Lincoln was elected with a small amount of the popular vote.
Lincoln was a Republican and his vice-president was Hannibal Hamlin.
The south was very upset with Lincoln's election.
Lincoln ordered the provision of Fort Sumnter and the south viewed that of that as a war act.
The civil war began on April 12, 1861. In the latter stages of the war, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln managed to preserve the union, however he was saddened by the war.
Lincoln held a speech at the Gettysburg address, regarding how the war affected him and all the brave soldiers that had fought.
The Second Term
On April 14, 1865 Lincoln was attending the play "Our American Cousin" at Fords theater.
John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor had been planning to kill Lincoln.
On that night he shot Lincoln. He fled to avoid the consequences.
The next day Lincoln died.
However, John Wilkes Booth was caught and killed later.
Significant events during presidency
Lincoln had won the Civil War with the Union and prevented the South from seceding.
Abraham was a Commander in Chief in the Civil War
Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which indirectly freed the slaves.
Strongly supported 13th amendment, which freed the slaves.
He had many famous speeches such as the "Gettysburg Address", "House divided speech", "Cooper Union address", and the first and second "Inaugural address"
LINCOLN MEMORIAL is a giant statue of Lincoln sitting.
It is 204 feet long and 134 feet wide.
On Memorial day, May 30 1922, the building was dedicated to Lincoln.
50,000 people attended the opening ceremony.
It is located between the Capitol Building and the Potomac River.
The final cost of the statue was 3 Million dollars.
Abraham was elected to a second term, beating George McClellan by a landslide.
In his inaugural address he asked for the people to forgive and for the nation to be united.
Lincoln's vice-president was Andrew Johnson.
However, his second term did not last for long.
Memorials and Monuments
Without Lincoln as our 16th president our country would be quite different today.
Lincoln prevented secession of the south, instead of being one nation, we would've been two countries.
He also issued the Emancipation proclamation.
Without that, we might have still had major slavery in the United States.
He is remembered for being humble, honest, and fighting for the good of the nation.
He is on the penny and the $5 bill
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a mans character, give him power
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other
Whatever you are, be a good one
I walk slowly but i never walk backwards
I destroy my enemies when i make them my friends
A house divide against itself cannot stand
Lincoln is the only president to obtain a patent. It was a device for steamboats.
Abraham used to be a wrestler. He is in the "Wrestling Hall of Fame".
He did not drink alcohol, chew or smoke tobacco
Lincoln kept important documents in his hat
He was obsessed with cats
Lincoln didn't like being called "Abe"
He test fired rifles used for the war, on the grounds of the Whitehouse.
Abraham created the secret service, hours before his assassination.
Lincoln's shoe size was 14
He never slept in the "Lincoln bedroom"