Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln's Incredible Life

Abraham Lincoln's Early Life

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He lived in a log cabin in Hardin County with his mom and dad, Nancy and Thomas Lincoln. Abraham had two siblings named Sarah and Thomas who died in infancy. Due to land dispute, the Lincoln's were forced to move from Kentucky to Perry County, Indiana in 1817. The family had "squatted" on public land to scrap a living in a crude shelter. Thomas eventually was able to buy the land. When Abraham was 9 years old, his mom died on October 5, 1818 from a milk sickness at the age of 34. He started to become depressed about that. Then his dad, Thomas, married Sarah Bush Johnston. Sarah encouraged Abraham to read and get a formal education. They had quickly bonded. This made a big impact on Abraham.
Abraham Lincoln: The Early Years

Abraham Lincoln's Obstacle and Overcoming It

Abraham Lincoln suffered from an obstacle or condition known as clinical depression. It is a more severe form of depression which is in concern with the death of a loved one, a medical condition. It is believed that it was actually inherited from his parents because they too suffered from it. The conflict is character vs. self because it's him facing his emotional depression. Abraham overcame this obstacle by doing the things he loved. He had set a goal to end slavery and maintain the Union during the Civil War. Setting a goal was the key for him. He also had a sense of humor. Lincoln would tell funny stories and jokes to get his mind off of his depression. He also had a sense of humility or humbleness. He had been opened to learn from others and would hear what they had to say. He allowed himself to accept his success and failures and to not be jealous or threatened when others succeeded. Abraham also got involved in books and writing which lead to many accomplishments; like the Gettysburg Address. He also used his faith to get through the hard times of the depression. It made him feel good that there was a higher power. This is what he did to overcome the obstacle.

Famous Accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln

The biggest accomplishment that Abraham Lincoln had ever endured was becoming the

16th president. He had led the United States with great responsibility and power. He had also preserved the Union during the Civil War. Lincoln had also signed the Emancipation Proclamation which had brought an end to slavery. He wrote and gave the speech of the Gettysburg Address. He gave the speech during the Civil War and it was dedicated to the soldiers' cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Famous Quotes From Abraham Lincoln

"Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed."
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years."

Additional Information

  • Abraham Lincoln had depression for most of his life.
  • Some people had actually seen the depression that Abraham held just by looking at him. An observer saw him and said that he was, "one of the most diffident and worst plagued men I ever saw."
  • Surprisingly, with the depression that Abraham had and also defeating and maintaining a healthy attitude about it, it may have boosted his election as president.
  • Joshua Wolf Shenk said Abraham's depression made him more friendly and compassionate to people.


Facts from:

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