Abraham Lincoln

By: Anna Kaminski & Alli Niemczynski

Lincoln's Early Life

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Lincoln had a pretty rough childhood. When he was nine years old, his mother died of Milk Sickness. His family moved several times from Kentucky, to Indiana, and then to Illinois once he was in his early 20's. Once in Illinois, he had no interest in being a farmer. Instead, he started splitting rails and clearing his father's farm. Later, he enlisted to be in the Black Hawk War as a volunteer. After a lot of hard work, Lincoln was elected to lead his company of soldiers. After the war, he then went on to working on a riverboat, ran a store, and thought about becoming a blacksmith. However, instead of becoming a blacksmith, he began to take interest in studying law.
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Lincoln taking a break from splitting rails.

His Early Political Career

At the age of 23, with limited education and no real qualifications, Lincoln ran for his first Illinois political office. He did not succeed in his running for state legislature. However, two years later, he gained a seat in the Whig Party. He had one year in Congress, and in 1856 he joined the newly formed Political Party. Two years after that, he ran for U.S Senate, making himself know in famous debates. Eventually by 1860, he became the first Republican to win the presidential election.

Before he accomplished these things, he was a self taught lawyer who had a lot of successful practice in Springfield, Illinois. His work included traveling to the old Eighth Judicial Circuit, this helped him strengthen his political opportunities, make his public speaking abilities more powerful, and gave him some serious study time.

Lincoln's Presidential Career

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the US, 1861-1865, he was a Republican. He was married to Marry Todd, and had 4 kids. People would call him "Honest Abe” or would call him “Illinois Rail-Splitter.” When he President there was seven slave states that had left the Union, that had formed the Confederate States of America. Also four more states joined when hostilities began between the North and South. Lincoln promised to preserve the Union, and go by the laws, and to end the secession. In his campaign he stated how he felt about slavery and to limit the expansion to slavery. When he won the election, it made a crisis as the southern Democrats feared that Lincoln would kill slavery in the South.

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Lincoln standing up to say a speech.

His Assasination

April 14,1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot fatally by John Wilkes Booth. Lincoln was at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., this attack had only came five days after the Confederate General Robert Lee surrendered his army in Virginia, which helped end the Civil War. Lincoln's bodyguard had left to get a drink, John Booth had managed to get in, and came up behind him and shoot him in the head. As Booth had tried to escape he jumped onto the stage and with the jump had broke his leg, he was able to leave and escape from the theater. After that Lincoln had been in a coma for nine hours, and Lincoln died around 7:20 am on April 15.

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Booth coming up behind Abraham Lincoln, and about to shoot him.

Our Reactions

Anna's Reaction:

In my opinion, Lincoln was very outgoing and smart. He noticed what he thought would be good for him in life, and he tried it out. All his small little jobs helped him work up to his presidential seat. He seemed very dedicated to his work, which is one of the reasons why he got so successful. I admire how he didn't let what other people thought of him, get to him because he saw that he could prove them all wrong which I think is a really strong trait to have.

Alli's Reaction:

What I think about Lincoln is that he had help this country in many ways, and he was determined to do things. As more people started to see Lincoln, he had realized that he could do more and go further to get where he got. I think that he was strong with his words and told what he thought and did not care what people thought. I also think that he was brave and strong, because he didn't let people bring him down, and that he had kept going even if people said that he couldn't make it.

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