Abraham Lincoln

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“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” - Abraham Lincoln. Abraham lincoln proved himself to be a man of good character before and after he was given the power of presidency. Abraham Lincoln was one of the most pivotal presidents in the history of our country. Abraham Lincoln was born on february 12th 1809, to Thomas Lincoln and his wife Nancy Hanks. Abraham was born and spent a large portion of his childhood living in Hardin county, Kentucky. Abraham was not there first child, they had a daughter in 1807 two years before Abraham named Nancy soon to be renamed Sarah. There family moved to Perry County, Indiana when he was nine. When Abraham was ten his birth mother Nancy died of milk-disease, which killed of the cattle and anyone who drank the milk, which was going around at that time from 1818 -1829. Thirteen months later his father Thomas remarried a women named Sally Bush, who was widowed. Sally had a son and two daughters already John, Sarah, and Matilda . Sally cared for Abraham and his sister as if they where her own children.Though Abraham was mostly self educated Sally would often encourage him to learn.. “She clothed him decently, and had him sentto school as soon as there was a school to send him to”( Lamon 32). Later on Abraham would refer to her as one of the reasons for his success. Abraham worked as a farmer until 1834 During his childhood if you add up all the days hue went to school it wouldn’t equal a full year. Despite working on a farm his entire life Lincoln always had an interest in law and politics. He agreed with the whig party. In 1834 he was elected to the Illinois State Legislature. Lincoln continued his with interest in law and in 1836 he passed h... ... middle of paper ... ...ers also look up to Lincoln as a hero. His methods are still very relevant today. There is even a memorial statue of him in Washington.”The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... “ (Freidel, Sidney 1) So to conclude. Even though Abraham grew up without much education, he still became a great politician and a great person. He dramatically changed the role of the president for the better, and he helped our country through two major historical events, the civil war and the war against slavery. Abraham Lincoln was one of the most pivotal presidents in the history of our country.

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