The Legacy Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

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Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly one of America 's greatest leaders in history and he left behind an incredible legacy for the nation and the world.

Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States of America. He saved the union and he was the emancipator of slaves despite rising from humble beginnings and leading his country through a bloodied civil war. Abraham Lincoln was born to Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln on February 12th, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He had an elder sister, Sarah, and a younger brother, Thomas, who died in infancy. Born into a poor, illiterate household, education was not heavily encouraged. In fact, Lincoln’s father discouraged his interest in academics and tried to busy Lincoln in physical labour to prevent him from reading or attending school. However, Lincoln’s determination to learn overcame his father’s opposing views and Lincoln taught himself to read and write, despite attending school for less than one year. When Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from milk sickness and his father remarried Susan Johnston Lincoln. Lincoln grew very fond of his step-mother as she persuaded him to continue his love for knowledge and to use his intelligence to strive forward in his life. As Lincoln grew older, he developed a keen interest in politics and law. He ran for the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party in 1834 and was re-elected in 1836 and 1838. During this time Abraham studied law and graduated with a…

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