Abraham Lincoln


Early Years

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was born in a log cabin to poor parents. He worked on a farm but wanted to learn so badly that he taught himself by using borrowed books to improve his reading.

Military Service

Abraham Lincoln served as a volunteer militiaman in the Black Hawk War. Although he served only 3 months and never engaged in battles, he was elected as Captain in his first company. He finished his service in an independent spy company.
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In March, 1861 Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth president of the United States of America. He would be faced with the worst war our nation has ever known. Families fighting against one another over the issue of slavery. The North was against slavery and the South depended on slavery as a way of life. Abraham Lincoln was anti-slavery. As president, he declared freedom for all slaves in his famous Emancipation Procolamation speech.


Although Abraham Lincoln was popular in the North, people in the Southern states were not fond of him. Some of them believed that if he were no longer in office, they would have a better chance of winning the Civil War. On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a Southern sympathizer and actor, shot the president while he was attending a play at Ford's Theatre. Lincoln later died at a boarding house across the street.