Jiayun Essay

1140 Words Jun 6th, 2013 5 Pages
Ann Li
May 5, 2013
Social Study Research Paper
Ms. Yassin
Abraham Lincoln On February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of United States came into the world in a poor family in Hardin County, Kentucky. When Lincoln was born, he was given his paternal grandfather's name. His father, Thomas Lincoln was a farmer and shoemaker with only a little amount of knowledge. However, Abraham's father gained respect of the community because he purchased his own land twice. His religious beliefs against slavery deeply influenced Abraham in his childhood. Abraham Lincoln's childhood life was rough. His family moved three times, crossing states. Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, died from "milk sickness" caused by drinking the milk of
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In 1842, he married Mary Todd, a daughter of a wealthy family in Illinois. However, his life after marriage was not as happy as he thought. Fortunately, with the pecuniary resources from his wife, Lincoln was able to win the election to the House of Representatives in 1846. However, as a congressman, Lincoln's strong stance against the U.S. war with Mexico made him unpopular with Illinois voters. He lost his first election of Senate in 1856. In 1868, Lincoln joined the new Republican Party, formed largely in opposition to slavery's extension into the territories. Upon winning the nomination for U.S. Senate in the 1858 Illinois Republican Party Convention, Lincoln delivered his now-famous speech "House Divided" on June 17. "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free" (Lincoln). He strongly spread out his idea that it was necessary to end slavery. Although he lost to Stephen Douglas, a Democrat, his hard-fought against slavery made an impression to the country. After several famous speeches, Lincoln was approved by the Republican Party and was chosen as the party's backup candidate for president after Senator William H. Seward of New York. He had an absolute success on passing out William H. Seward. In the 1860 election, he won by 180 electoral votes

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