The Life Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

1388 words - 6 pages

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He is one of the most influential presidents in the history of the United States. He was also probably the best and most controlled president. He was a strong military and political leader and an even stronger debater. Without Honest Abe, our country would not be what it is today.Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to parents Nancy and Thomas Lincoln. He was named for his grandfather and had an older sister named Sarah. His parents were members of a Baptist congregation which strongly opposed slavery, hence his general opposition to slavery. When he was eight, his father moved his family to Indiana because of slavery issues and land disputes in Kentucky. (Abraham Lincoln) At ten, his mother died of milk sickness, a disease that was acquired by drinking the milk of a cow that grazed on poisonous white snakeroot. (Hickey) His father then remarried to a Kentucky widow, Sara Bush Johnston. She was a good mother to him and she encouraged him to attend school more often, although he did not. He did, however, learn to read and write, and he particularly enjoyed reading. (Abraham Lincoln)In the 1830's, the Lincolns moved to New Salem, Illinois, where Abraham lived until 1837. In New Salem, he kept a store and resided as the postmaster of the town. He also enlisted as a captain in the Black Hawk War. In 1832, he became a candidate for Illinois legislature; unfortunately, however, he was defeated in his first election. Two years later, he ran again, this time as a Whig, and is elected as a representative in the Illinois House of Representatives. (Hickey) He served for eight years, or four terms, before moving to Springfield to study and practice law with John Todd Stewart. (Abraham Lincoln)While in Springfield, he met his future wife, Mary Todd. They became engaged and, after many setbacks, they were married on November 4th, 1842. The couple went on to have four children, all of them sons. They were Robert Todd, Edward Baker, William Wallace, and Thomas. Sadly, Robert Todd was the only one to make it past the age of twenty. (Abraham Lincoln)In 1846, Lincoln was elected a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1847, Lincoln was seated at the Thirtieth Congress as a member of the House of Representatives. (Hickey) During his term, he was well known for his opposition of slavery and the Mexican-American War as many other Whig party members were. His opposition of the war was not sympathy for Mexico, but an opposition to the Democratic President, James Polk, for violation of the Constitution. After his term had ended, he went back to his law practice in Springfield. (Abraham Lincoln)While in Springfield, he devoted most of his time to his law practice until after the Kansas-Nebraska Act was enforced (Hickey) Lincoln became more active in politics again because he viewed the content of the act as unconstitutional and immoral. (Abraham...

Find Another Essay On The Life of Abraham Lincoln

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Essay

1991 words - 8 pages of America 19). Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States and perhaps one of the most hated presidents that ever served, this hatred for president Lincoln came from his options and actions regarding the nation’s conflict at the time; the Civil War, this came after the succession of fourteen southern states subsequently dividing the nation into Union and Confederates (Notes). The war was about reuniting the nation and that

Biography of Abraham Lincoln Essay

1159 words - 5 pages close to them, Sarah had them walk 2-3 hours to walk to school (“Abraham” para. 4). Family life for Lincoln was good once his new mom came (“Abraham” para. 2). In his teen years, Abraham was a very tall and strong man. In those days you had to give all of your earnings to your father. Abe did not like that so he moved to New Salem Illinois at the age of 22 (“Abraham” para. 2). In 1851 Lincoln's father died. All those years Tom stole money from

Biography of Abraham Lincoln

1857 words - 7 pages Abraham Lincoln led America through its bloodiest war. His actions changed the nation forever, and his legacy lives on today. Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. Throughout the Civil War, Lincoln’s political strategies aided the Union victory. Lincoln set the Reconstruction of America into motion, and abolished slavery. In what follows, I will be discussing the life of one of the nation’s greatest presidents. Before his

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

1453 words - 6 pages      “Yes! We’re coming Abraham Lincoln. With curses loud and deep. That will haunt you in your walking, and disturb you in your sleep.” This is a battle hymn sung by the Sons of Liberty which is the first Confederate run terrorist group Higham talks about. This hymn is a good example of the tone author Charles Higham sets for the book. Murdering Mr. Lincoln by Charles Higham, presents the reader with a factual, in

Biography of Abraham Lincoln

2236 words - 9 pages 1828 he was able to make a flatboat trip to New Orleans. His sister died in childbirth the same year.In 1830 the Lincolns left Indiana for Illinois. Abraham made a second flatboat trip to New Orleans, and in 1831 he left home for New Salem, in Sangamon County near Springfield. The separation may have been made easier by Lincoln's estrangement from his father, of whom he spoke little in his mature life. In New Salem, Lincoln tried various

The Exceptional Presidency of Abraham Lincoln

973 words - 4 pages When Abraham Lincoln was elected president, he inherited a nation entrenched in chaos. Throughout his presidency he led the Union through a trying period highlighted by the secession, the institution of slavery, and the greatest internal conflict in the history of the United States, the Civil War. Lincoln stuck to his principles during this arduous time and through this was able to re-unite the nation. With no historical precedents to help

Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipation

2033 words - 8 pages Amendment was proclaimed to have been adopted. Tragically, Lincoln was assassinated 8 months prior, and never lived to see that day. Although Abraham Lincoln primarily intended to prevent the division of the nation, one must acknowledge the compassion he held for Black slaves. When examining different points in his career and life, it is clear that his opinions and beliefs evolved over the years. For a man of his time, Lincoln matured remarkably

Biography of Abraham Lincoln: The Real Lincoln by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

2020 words - 8 pages DiLorenzo, Thomas J. The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnessecary War. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, 2002. Abraham Lincoln was elected as sixteenth president of the United States of America in 1861 and served until his assassination in 1865. He is viewed as a popular political figure and is known as the “Great Emancipator” for his role in freeing the slaves during the 1860s (Columbia University Press

Abraham Lincoln: Characteristics of a Hero

1149 words - 5 pages anyone who possesses the qualities of a hero: courageous, perseverant and compassionate – all of which Abraham Lincoln perfectly demonstrates. Abraham Lincoln was born in February 12, 1809, in a log cabin to a family of uneducated and poor pioneers (Denenberg and Bing). Throughout his life, Lincoln would be presented with many challenges, and will each time intrepidly tackle each challenge. Having no access to a formal education, Lincoln had to take

Biography of Abraham Lincoln (with work cited)

1529 words - 6 pages borrowed horse and all of his belongings in two saddlebags In Springfield Lincoln met Joshua Speed who gave him lodging and became his lifelong friend. There, in Springfield Lincoln established a reputation as a lawyer and took part in the busy social life of the city. In 1839 at a winter ball Abraham Lincoln met Mary Todd and from then on spent every free moment with her. They were married on November 4, 1842.They lived in a rented room at the Globe

Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind The Myth

1447 words - 6 pages Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myth Abraham Lincoln is by far our most revered president in the history of the United States. He had a strong moral vision of where his country must go to preserve and enlarge the rights of all her people, but he was also a good man with a strong sense of character and a great discipline in the art of law; and he sought to continue the great and mighty legacy of the Constitution. He believed that the

Similar Essays

The Brilliant Life And Tragic Death Of Abraham Lincoln

1770 words - 7 pages Abraham Lincoln served in many facets of the United States government and was also a respected lawyer in Illinois. He was best known for being elected as the 16th President of the United States of America. As president, Lincoln guided the United States through one of the worst times in American history, the Civil War. From the start of his political career, Lincoln was instrumental in his efforts and eventual success in ending slavery in America

The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

951 words - 4 pages never thought it was ‘good hygene’ to do that”. Abraham Lincoln hated the dentist because the last time he went to the dentist he needed to get his tooth pulled and the dentist was cranking on his tooth and he broke part of Lincolns jaw. Lincolns mom was the one who raised him, fed him, bathed him, and educated him, after his mother died this was Lincolns worst part of his life because he was lost, he was in desperate need of education. Abraham

The Assasination Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

1473 words - 6 pages With every assassination there are hundreds of conspiracy theories as to what exactly happened. There is only one theory that is true however, the truth is never known. The amount of conspiracy theories for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln is too high to count, and although it has been over 145 years since the assassination, closure is still a while away. It is proven that John Booth assassinated Lincoln, but the conspiracies are who put him

The Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln Essay

1178 words - 5 pages Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America. He was elected into presidency on November 6, 1860. Many of the southern states were unsupportive of Lincoln becoming president because he had run on an anti-slavery platform. Lincoln being elected into presidency caused states such as South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas to split from the Union. In his inaugural address Lincoln