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Nick WeaverMiss. JEnglish 1111 April 2008Author Biography: Abraham LincolnOn February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin built by his father in what is now considered Hodgenville, Kentucky. His father, Thomas Lincoln and mother Nancy Hanks, and sister, Sarah, lived in the cabin until 1811. According to MSN Encarta, life was lonely and hard; they had little time to play and their childhood was mostly fishing, hunting, farming, and doing chores. The Lincoln family moved to Indiana in 1816. In 1818, an epidemic of bad milk broke out, caused by cows that had eaten wild snakeroot plants. This was an national tragedy, but for the Lincolns, it was much worse. Abraham's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln had drank some of the prejudicial milk and eventually died on October 5, 1818. A year later Lincoln's father married a woman by the name of Sarah Bush Johnston, a widow with three of her own children ("Abraham Lincoln"- MSN Encarta).Education was a major issue that affected Abraham Lincoln's life. As a child, Abraham attended a pre-school which was conducted in a log cabin. Abraham only attended school when he was not engaged with chores his father gave to him. During this time in history, education was not a priority like it is today, there were very few trained teachers, and most of them were barely more educated then their students. Lincoln stated in his autobiography that "no qualification was ever required of a teacher beyond readin', writin', and cipherin', to the Rule of Three" ("Abraham Lincoln"- MSN Encarta). This lead Lincoln to gain knowledge on his own without a formal education, Lincoln learned how to read, write, and do basic math. According to MSN Encarta, books were a huge part of young Abraham's life; the one book that made a lasting impression on him was "Life and Memorable Actions of George Washington" by Mason Locke Weems. This book expressed the ideology of the United States' first commander and chief and some of the other founding fathers ("Abraham Lincoln"- MSN Encarta). "Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois" ("Abraham Lincoln"- White House)From the books he read, to some of the ideology that Lincoln believed in, paved a way into politics. "In the spring of 1832, Lincoln decided to run for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. This was a logical step for Lincoln to take, for on the frontier a young man with ability and ambition could rise rapidly in politics" ("Abraham Lincoln"- MSN Encarta). Lincoln served four terms as an Illinois state representative and also headed the national Republican party of Illinois, which was later changed to the Whig party. It was there where Lincoln started to protest against slavery, he said slavery was "founded on both injustice and bad policy" ("Abraham Lincoln"- Wikipedia). This was just the foundation of Lincoln's political career.Lincoln's political...

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