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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 in a log cabin in the Kentucky wilderness When be was a little boy his Grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War He had a little sister by the name of Sarah As he went to school he met a boy by the name of Austin They instantly became friends more so best of friends At first Abe wasnt allowed to go to school because he didnt have a good pair of britches In his pastime he loved to read When Abe was eleven his mother died of what they called milk sick which occurred from drinking unpasteurized milk That was four years after they moved to a new farm in southern Indiana He had to live in an open shed throughout the winter The same year his mother died his father remarried He married Sarah Bush Johnson She brought three kids and a cousin Dennis Hanks When Abe was nineteen he worked as a boatman and make his first trip down the Mississippi River to New Orleans the center of the slave trade When Abe was twenty-one he moved with his family to Illinois However Abes brother Thomas didnt make it to Illinois because he died of influenza Soon after Abe made his second trip on the flatboat to New Orleans to defend the blacks and fight slavery Abe served as a captain in the Black Hawk War and was defeated Abe came back to Illinois and not long after was elected to the State Legislature and soon became one of the most promising young Whig party leaders When Abe was thirty-three he married Mary Todd on November 41842 Over the next eleven years the two would have four children their names were Robert Edward William and Thomas Not long after their marriage Abe became a lawyer and practiced in Springfield Illinois Not long after that Abe was elected to Congress While in Congress it was said
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