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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 He was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville Kentucky His parents names were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln He was named after his paternal grandfather His father was a carpenter and farmer Both of Abes parents were members of a Baptist congregation which had separated from another church due to opposition to slavery When Abe was 7 his family moved to southern Indiana Abe had gone to school very little in Kentucky and went again in Indiana He attended school with his older sister Sarah In 1818 Nancy Hanks Lincoln died from milk sickness Thomas Lincoln remarried the next year and Abraham loved his new stepmother Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln She brought 3 children of her own into the household In 1828 Abes sister who had married Aaron Grigsby in 1826 died during childbirth Later in the year Abe made a flatboat trip to New Orleans In 1830 the Lincolns moved west to Illinois The next year Lincoln made a second flatboat trip to New Orleans Afterwards he moved to New Salem Illinois where he lived until 1837 While there he worked at several jobs including operating a store surveying and serving as postmaster He impressed the residents with his character wrestled the town bully and earned the nickname Honest Abe Lincoln He stood nearly 6-4 and weighed about 180 pounds saw brief service in the Black Hawk War and he made an unsuccessful run for the Illinois legislature in 1832 He ran again in 1834 1836 1838 and 1840 and he won all 4 times Lincoln was a member of the Whig Party he remained a Whig until 1856 when he became a Republican He studied law in his spare time and became a lawyer in 1836 In Springfield in 1839 Lincoln met Mary Todd They got married three years later and over the next 11 years had 4 children Their names were
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