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Abraham Lincoln

As a child, Lincoln was born in a Kentucky log cabin, he had an older sister Sarah and a younger brother Thomas, who died as a baby. Their family had to move to Perry County, because of political problems in the homeland, where they basically “squatted” on land with nothing to live with and Thomas (his father) could eventually buy the land for his family to live legally on. His mother passed away when he was 9years old from milk sickness and left him and his father and sister behind. Only as an older man had he received his formal education for only a few weeks at a time, because they basically lived in the wilderness the reading material was scarce and he had to walk miles to borrow a book, the book he loved and read the most was the family Bible.

Entering politics

Abraham Lincoln only did one term in the US house as President from 1847-1849, there was no big impact on anything as his presence was so brief. His main focus in the presidency house was to speak out about Mexican-American War, this made him unpopular back at home.

Abraham Lincoln

When the railroad industry was moving west at a fast rate in the 1850’s, he was working for the Illinois Central Railroad as its attorney. He had many successful court cases and the most famous one is where he defended a suspect and the account of a witness whom said she saw the suspect in the bright moonlight and knew it was him.

He had been engaged more than once and never having any success, but he eventually married and they had four children of their own, but sadly only one son had survived to adulthood.

Civil War

He was the only president at the time to respond to the war and donate 2million without the go ahead from his congress. With the war going so good he felt confident enough to reshape the cause of the war and to wipe out slavery.

Assassination

During the war he was confronted by a radical group of Republicans, he was assassinated on the 4th of April, 1865 by an well-known actor John Wikes at a theatre in Washington D.C. he was in a coma for nine hours in a Peterson House before he passed away the following morning, his body went on a train to Springfield where he was buried.

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Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural by Roland C. White Jr
Abraham Lincoln and the Second American Revolution by James M. McPherson
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Speeches and Writings, 1859-1865 by Abraham Lincoln
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