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Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 in Kentucky When he was two the Lincolns moved a few miles to another farm on the old Cumberland Trail A year later his mother gave birth to another boy Thomas but he died a few days later When Lincoln was seven his family moved to Indiana In 1818 Lincolns mother died from a deadly disease called the milk-sick Then ten years later his sister died and left him with only his father and stepmother Lincoln traveled to New Salem in April 1831 and settled there the following July In the fall of 1836 he and Mrs Bennett Abell had a deal that if she brought her single sister to New Salem he had to promise to marry her When she arrived he was not to pleased with her because her skin was full of fat Around seven months later he asked Mrs Orville Browning to marry him but she said no Lincoln met his wife to be Mary Todd at the grand cotillion in honor of the completion of the new capital building in 1839 They got engaged and a while later he broke off the engagement because she was seeing other men Around a year later in Springfield on November 4 1842 Abraham and Mary got married In 1844 Abraham and his wife were able to purchase their own house in Springfield It was a one-and-a-half story frame cottage In May 1843 the Lincolns had a son and named him Robert after the addition to the family they made the house a full two story house Lincoln had three more sons Edward Baker William Wallace and Thomas Edward died at the age of three the cause of death was either consumption or pulmonary tuberculosis In 1832 Lincoln announced himself a candidate for the state legislature but he was defeated Then a year later he was appointed postmaster of New Salem
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