Abraham Lincoln And George Washington Essay

1011 Words May 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Abraham Lincoln, along with other leaders we look up to like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, and George Washington were all influential people, all did something to change the world, and each one of these people also dealt with a considerable amount of flaws. Every one of them were ordinary people prone to good and bad intentions and making mistakes and learning from them. We are often told to ignore the wrong doings and look the other way. As humans, we enjoy focusing on the good these people have done for us, because it makes us feel better about the world and gives us faith in humanity. But does Lincoln’s righteous deeds outdo his unacceptable actions? Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one room log cabin on Nolin Creek in the southeast of Hardin County, Kentucky; he lived with his parents Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks until 1816, then moved to Perry County, Indiana. At the young age of nine years old, Nancy died of milk sickness. After his father mourned the lost of his mother, Thomas, then later, was remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston. Lincoln and Sarah were actually very close; he even referred to her as “Mother” rather than “Stepmother” or “Sarah.” Shortly after, Lincoln experienced another move when the family relocated to Macon County, Illinois. Lincoln never went to college, in fact, he only had 18 months of schooling. After his election to the state legislature, Lincoln wanted to become a lawyer and began to teach himself the law by reading. He was…

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