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Raised by poor parents, he received less than a year of formal education by the time he reached the age of His primary means of education was schooling at home, using borrowed books and the Bible.
At the age of 22, he moved to the Illinois village of New Salem inand continued his self-education by borrowing books and teaching himself subjects such as grammar, history, mathematics, and law. He worked as a store clerk in two different general stores. He taught himself surveying, and worked part time at this vocation.
He was also appointed postmaster, and served in the militia for 3 months during the Black Hawk war.
Less than a year after moving to New Salem, he ran for the state legislature. Although defeated in this initial effort he decided to run again the next term. His second effort proved successful, and he was elected one of Sangamon County's Whig representatives to the Illinois State Legislature in Vocally anti-slavery, he served four consecutive terms as state legislator, and before he had left that office was admitted to the Illinois bar.
He soon became one of the most respected lawyers in the region, known for his honesty and influential manner with juries. In Lincoln married Mary Todda well-educated woman of a notable Kentucky family. They eventually had four sons, only one of which Robert Todd Lincoln survived to manhood.
From to Lincoln served a single term in Congress, and then went into semi-retirement from politics in order to concentrate more on his law practice. The Kansas-Nebraska Act ofwhich allowed for the propagation of slavery into the new territories, became a catalyst to Lincoln's decision to seek political office again.
Even though Lincoln lost the Senate race to Douglas, he was elected President in As a result of his nomination, eleven southern states declared their independence from the Union. When the South fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor on April 12,Lincoln called for 75, volunteers to help put down the rebellion.
After over a year of indecisive fighting, he issued the Emancipation Proclamationfreeing the slaves of the rebelling southern states. The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, Subsequent Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga soon had the Southern armies permanently on the defensive.
It was during a dedication ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, that he presented the Gettysburg Address, now recognized as one of the world's greatest speeches.
Lincoln was re-elected president in November of After a great deal of political maneuvering on the part of Lincoln, the House of Representatives passed the Thirteenth Amendment on January 31, Lincoln's Second Inaugural Addressdelivered less than 6 weeks before his assassination, eloquently summed up his beliefs.
These were that the underlying cause of the war had been slavery, the war was God's punishment on the nation for its failure to remove slavery from the land, and it was every American's duty to not only eliminate slavery, but to re-unite the nation, forgive his or her fellow man, and build a lasting peace among all nations.
Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, and died the following day. More books have been written on Lincoln than on any other American.
There are many excellent biographies of Lincoln. Allen Guelzo's Redeemer President is a modern classic--a work of history as well as interpretation of Lincoln and his times.
One of my favorites continues to be Benjamin Thomas's classic Abraham Lincoln. The facts in the biographical sketch written above were taken from my own book, Lincoln on God and Country.Failures of Abraham Lincoln (s) by Ron Kurtus (revised 11 October ) Although Abraham Lincoln is rated as one of the best American presidents, it is often pointed out that he had numerous failures in his career, until he .
Abraham Lincoln Summary. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America, the leader who successfully prosecuted the Civil War to preserve the nation.
He played in key role in passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery in America. An Overview of Abraham Lincoln's Life Abraham Lincoln was born Sunday, February 12, , in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky.
He was the son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and he was named for his paternal grandfather. Abraham Lincoln [James M. McPherson] on r-bridal.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Best-selling author James M. McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky.
The first act of the film covers Lincoln's early life as a storekeeper and rail-splitter in New Salem and his early romance with Ann Rutledge, and his early years as a lawyer and his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd in Springfield.
The majority of the film deals with Lincoln's presidency during the American Civil War and culminates with Lee's surrender and Lincoln. + free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day?
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