Abraham Lincoln's Influential Person In History

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Abraham Lincoln, infamously nicknamed “Honest Abe,” was an important influential person in history because of his impactful speeches, unique ideologies, and of course for being the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln’s legacy began when he was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was named after his grandfather and had one older sister named Sarah and one younger brother named Thomas. Thomas died as a baby, and shortly after, Abraham’s mother died in 1818 (Lincoln was 9 years old). Growing up, Lincoln had no formal education but he taught himself through borrowing and studying books. In 1830, at age 21, Lincoln moved to Illinois to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. Lincoln spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, but his ambitions had just begun. After marrying his fiancée Mary Todd, Lincoln ran against Stephan A. …show more content…

To try and preserve peace and the Union, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring forever that slaves within the Confederacy would be free. The action gradually improved the war for the North, and Lincoln was even reelected for a second term. By 1865, Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederacy, surrendered his army and the war was more or less over. Shortly after being reelected, Lincoln was assassinated in a theatre on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and supporter of the Confederacy. He was the first but not last president to be assassinated. He was buried in the Capitol but a funeral train later took him to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois. Throughout his life, Abraham Lincoln accomplished many great feats including, serving four terms in Illinois Legislature, being member of the US House of Representatives, serving two terms as the president of the United States and being commander in chief during the Civil War. His incredible impact will always be remembered in

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