Essay on Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln On the stormy morning of Sunday,
February 12, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, wife of Thomas, gave birth to a boy. He was born on a bed of poles covered with corn husks. The baby was named Abraham after his grandfather. In 1811 the Lincolns moved to a farm on
Knob Creek which was also near Hodgenville. In 1811 or
1812, Abraham's younger brother, Thomas, died in infancy. Abraham spent a short amount of time in a log schoolhouse. He began to learn his ABC's from a teacher named Zachariah Riney. He attended school with his sister,
Sarah. Late in 1816 the Lincoln family moved to southern
Indiana and settled near present day Gentryville. A cabin was constructed near Little Pigeon Creek. It measured 16
X 18 feet, and it had one
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November 4,1842
Lincoln married Mary Todd. The first son of the Lincolns,
Robert Todd, was born August 1, 1843 at the Globe
Tavern. In 1844 Abraham and Mary purchased a home from Dr. Dresser in Springfield for $1500. It was located at the corner of Eighth and Jackson. The family moved in on May 2nd. In 1849 Lincoln failed in his attempt to be appointed commissioner of the General Land Office, and he returned to a full time law practice in Springfield as his term in the House of Representatives had expired on
March 4th. On March 7th he was admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. In 1850 Lincoln's son, "Eddie," died on February 1. His third son, William
Wallace was born on December 21st. The fourth and last son of the Lincolns, Thomas, was born on April 4th, 1853.
In 1858 Lincoln was nominated by the Republicans to run for the U.S. Senate against Stephen Douglas. He gave his famous "House Divided" speech. The Old State Capitol in
Springfield where Lincoln gave the House Divided speech.
During the summer, Lincoln and Douglas engaged in a series of 7 debates throughout Illinois. On November 2nd
Douglas won the election. On May 18th, 1860 Lincoln was nominated for President at the Republican National
Convention in Chicago. On November 6th Lincoln was elected President over 3 opponents (Stephen Douglas,
John Breckinridge, and John Bell) winning 39% of the

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