Abraham Lincoln Research Paper

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THE LIFE AND PRESIDENCY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN Abraham Lincoln was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809 to Tom and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. He had a sister named Sarah and a brother Thomas. Abraham Lincoln would grow up to become the 16th President of the United States. He served as President from 1861 to 1865 when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theater in Washington DC. Lincoln’s father was a farmer in Kentucky. After being very successful then having some hard times, the Lincoln family moved to Indiana when Abraham was seven years old where he grew up. When he was nine years old his mother Nancy Lincoln died which was very sad for Lincoln as he wasn’t very close to his father. She died of milks disease, which …show more content…

His total formal education amounted to about eighteen months. He would walk for miles to borrow a book. Some people thought he was lazy because he liked to read and write so much. He read many books twice including the Bible. His parents were uneducated but encouraged Lincoln to read and write. He was very helpful to his family and worked hard, giving his earnings to his father. He was very good with an axe and built rail fences. When Lincoln was 21 years old he moved to with his family to Illinois. It wasn’t long before he started off on his own. He worked as a storekeeper and as a postmaster. He bought a small store with a friend. After a short time he sold his share of the store because it wasn’t profitable. During his working career he enjoyed talking with people and became a good story teller. In general people liked Lincoln. One of his nicknames was Honest Abe. He became a militia captain in the Black Hawk War of 1832. He was not involved in direct fighting, but seeing all the dead on the battlefields bothered him a great deal. He also served in the Illinois legislature under the Whig party in …show more content…

He studied less than a year and became a lawyer under an Illinois law enacted in 1833. Under this law he had to obtain a certificate from a court that said he was of good character. Lincoln went to the Illinois state Supreme Court to get his certificate. It was issued to him on September 9, 1836. He worked hard at his law practice and was very trustworthy. He handled all kinds of cases involving farmers to corporate cases. He called himself a Prairie Lawyer. His law office was always in Springfield, Illinois and he always practiced with a partner. When he went to Washington DC to become president he told his partner, Mr. Herndon, he would be back when he finished being president to continue his practice with him so leave the sign with his name up. Lincoln stood 6 feet 3 ¾ inches. He weighed between 160 and 200 pounds. His weight was reported different in different documents. He looked a little bit strange because of his stature and walked kind of strange also. Over the years doctors and historians have studied his stature and guessed at different diseases he might have had that accounted for his look. There are earlier pictures of Lincoln the show him looking a lot different than most of the pictures of him that we see today. There has also been discussion as to whether it is really Lincoln in these earlier

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