Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. When

he was two, the Lincoln’s moved a few miles to another farm on the old

Cumberland Trail. A year later, his mother gave birth to another boy,

Thomas, but he died a few days later. When Lincoln was seven his family

moved to Indiana. In 1818, Lincoln’s mother died from a deadly disease

called the “milk-sick.” Then ten years later his sister died and left him with

only his father and stepmother.

Lincoln traveled to New Salem in April 1831 and settled there the

following July. In the fall of 1836 he and Mrs. Bennett Abell had a deal

that if she brought her single sister to New Salem he had to promise to

marry her. When she arrived he was not to pleased with her because her

skin was full of fat. Around seven months later he asked Mrs. Orville

Browning to marry him but she said no. Lincoln met his wife to be, Mary

Todd, at the grand cotillion in honor of the completion of the new capital

building in 1839. They got engaged and a while later he broke off the

engagement because she was seeing other men. Around a year later in

Springfield on November 4, 1842 Abraham and Mary got married. In 1844,

Abraham and his wife were able to purchase their own house in

Springfield. It was a one-and-a-half story frame cottage. In May 1843,

the Lincoln’s had a son and named him Robert, after the addition to the

family they made the house a full two story house. Lincoln had three

more sons Edward Baker, William Wallace, and Thomas. Edward died at

the age of three, the cause of death was either consumption or

pulmonary tuberculosis.

In 1832 Lincoln announced himself a candidate for the state

legislature but he was defeated. Then a year later he was appointed

postmaster of New Salem and in the fall he became deputy county

surveyor. He really wanted a seat in the Illinois legislature so he ran again

and was elected with bipartisan support.

Lincoln was very interested in being a lawyer, he would walk fifteen

miles just to watch the court cases in Boonville, Indiana. Lincoln got a

license to practice law after several hard years of teaching himself. By

the early 1850s, the Lincoln-Herndon law office had become a leading

Springfield firm.

Chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Territories, Stephen A.

Douglas of Illinois came out with a new congr...

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... was shot and killed by federal troops who

cornered him in a burning barn near Port Royal, Virginia. Seven men and

one woman were arrested as accomplices to Booth. Herold, Paine, and

Atzerodt were the most active accomplices and were sentenced to

death by hanging. O’Laughlin, Arnold, Dr. Mudd were unjustly accused

with helping plan the murder, but got life sentences. Edman Spangler got

six years and Mary Surratt was sentenced to death for having Booth’s riffle

waiting for him that night. On July 7, the three men and one woman

were hung.

Lincoln did not stay buried at the Oak Ridge Cemetery. His body

was kidnapped by a band of ransom-hungry grave robbers, therefore, his

body was moved around for the next 36 years. Lincoln was then buried

at a spacious memorial of eight acres but grave robbers struck again and

as the coffin was half out the police showed up. Under Robert Lincoln’s

instructions a hole thirteen feet deep was dug below the main catacomb

floor, a four-foot base of cement was laid and an iron cage sunk into it.

The coffin would be lowered into the cage and cement poured, creating

a block eight feet deep. Finally, Abraham Lincoln can rest in peace.

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