By: Mariyah Groce
... this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. Growing up he lived near Hodgenville, Kentucky on Pigeon Creek Farm. Lincoln's father moved his family to the wilderness of Spencer County, Indiana . An aunt, uncle and nephew of Lincoln's mother joined them later. However, by 1818 Lincoln's mother and her aunt and uncle died of a sudden illness.
He had very little formal education, but read voraciously when not working on his father's farm.Lincoln was self-educated. His formal schooling intermittent, the aggregate of which may have amounted to less than twelve months. He never attended college.
April-July, 1831 Lincoln pilots a flatboat to New Orleans for Denton Offutt and returns to New Salem, 18 miles northwest of Springfield. January 16, 1844 The Lincoln’s purchase a home from Reverend Dresser for the price of $1,200.00. August 3, 1846 With an unprecedented majority of 1,511 votes over his Democratic opponent Rev. Peter Cartwright, Lincoln is the only Whig among seven congressmen elected from Illinois.
Abraham Lincoln was first presidents born outside of the 13 original states. Young Abraham described himself as "a floating piece of driftwood." in 1837 Abe moved to Springfield, the capital of Illinois, he them met Mary Todd.
April 14, 1865 Actor John Wilkes Booth shoots Lincoln in Ford’s Theater. April 15, 1865 Abraham Lincoln is pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m. in the home of William Petersen. May 3, 1865 The funeral train reaches its destination in Springfield at 9:00 a.m. The body is escorted to the Illinois State Capitol building. May 4, 1865 Lincoln is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.