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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a successful lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, and had served in the Illinois State Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, but was virtually unknown outside of Illinois. He gained national recognition when he debated slavery with Stephen A. Douglas during an 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Although he ultimately lost the senatorial election, his oratorical skills drew the attention of the newly-formed Republican Party, which nominated him as its first candidate for President in 1860.

Chronology of His Life and Career

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace February 12, 1809 Born near present-day Hodgenville, Kentucky.
  1811 Moved with family to Knob Creek, Kentucky.
  1816 Moved with family to Indiana.
  October 1818 His mother, Nancy Lincoln, died.
  1830 Moved with family to Illinois.
  1831 Moved on his own to New Salem, Illinois.
  1832 Served as a militiaman during the Black Hawk War.
  1832 Defeated in bid for the Illinois State Legislature.
  1832 Bought a store in New Salem.
  1832 Appointed postmaster of New Salem, and assistant county surveyor.
  1834 Elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
  1836 Admitted to the Illinois bar.
Springfield Home 1837 Moved to Springfield, Illinois, and opened a law practice.
Mary Todd Lincoln November 4, 1842 Married Mary Todd.
  1846 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
  May 22, 1849 Patented a device for lifting a boat over shoals and obstructions.
Lincoln debates slavery with Stephen Douglas 1858 Debated slavery with Stephen A. Douglas.
President Abraham Lincoln's Administration November 6, 1860 Elected President of the United States.
  November 8, 1864 Re-elected President.
John Wilkes Booth April 14, 1865 Shot by John Wilkes Booth.
  April 15, 1865 Died in Washington, D.C.
Lincoln Tomb October 15, 1874 Lincoln's tomb was dedicated.

Links of Interest

Abraham Lincoln Online
Lincoln Home National Historic Site

See Also

Mary Todd Lincoln
Lincoln-Douglas Debates
John Wilkes Booth

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