The Life Of Abraham Lincoln

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As the 16th President of the United States of America Abraham Lincoln is considered to be one of, if not the most famous American President.

He lead the country through a difficult time where the future of the Union was threatened and till today he is remembered as the one who saved the nation.

He was born on the 12th of February 1809 as the son of a poor settlers family, in some American schoolbooks the fact is stressed, that his family did not own a house, so he was actually born in one room log which was open on the front side.

For his political career he wrote an autobiography and said some interesting facts about his education: Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809, then in Hardin, now in the more recently formed county of Larue, Kentucky.

[E]ven in childhood was a wandering laboring boy, and grew up literally without education. own name. Before leaving Kentucky he and his sister were sent for short periods, to A. B. C. schools, the first kept by Zachariah Riney, and the second. by Caleb Hazel. A[braham] now thinks that the aggregate of all his schooling did not amount to one year. He wasnever in a college or academy as a student; and never inside of a college or academy building till since he had a law-license. What he has in the way of education, he has picked up. After he was twenty three, and had separated from his father, he studied English grammar, imperfectly of course, but so as to speak and write as well as he now does. He studied and nearly mastered the six books, of Euclid, since he was a member of Congress.

He regrets his want of education, and does what he can to supply the want. [1] Lincoln can be called an self educated person, there are many stories that he used to borrow books from neighbours, this aspect is quite important to form the myth of Abraham Lincoln.

In March 1830 his family moved to Illinois, as he did not want to become a farmer he tried out a variety of occupations, he helped to clear and fence his fathers farm, he worked as a floatman and made a voyage on the Mississippi to New Orleans, after his return he settled in New Salem.

This Village does not exist anymore, but is preserved as an museum and a Lincoln memorial.

In this small village he laid the foundation stone of his political career, he started to work as a clerk in a shop, worked in a mill and in the end became postmaster. (Important, because at that time the postmaster had the right to print newspapers). During the Black Hawk War (1832) he became elected as Captain of his riffle company: . This was in July 1831. Here he rapidly made acquaintances and friends. In less than a year Offutts business was failing - had almost failed, - when the Black-Hawk war of 1832 broke out. A joined a volunteer company, and to his own surprise, was elected captain of it.

He says he has not since had any success in life which gave him so much satisfaction. He went the campaign, served near three months, met the ...

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