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Abraham Lincoln was born Sunday February 12 1809 in a log cabin near Hodgenville Kentucky He was the son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln and he was named for his paternal grandfather Thomas Lincoln was a carpenter and a farmer Both of Abrahams parents were members of a Baptist congregation which had separated from an another church due to opposition of slavery Lincoln was a pretty average his whole life despite his gigantism When he was older his opposition in slavery led him to run for president In the 1860 Republican Presidential nomination Lincoln won beating Hannibal Hamlin On November 6 1860 Lincoln was elected the 16th president defeating Douglas John Bell and John C Breckinridge In February of 1861 the Lincolns left by train for Washington DC Lincoln was now wearing a beard at the suggestion of an 11 year old girl After Lincolns election many Southern states fearing Republican control in government seceded from the Union Lincoln faced great internal crisis of any US president After the fall of Ft Sumter Lincoln raised an army and decided to fight to save the Union from falling apart Despite enormous pressures loss of life battlefield setbacks generals who werent ready to fight assassination threats and other things Lincoln stuck with this pro-Union policy for 4 long years of Civil War On January 1 1863 Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation This meant that all slaves in the confederate states could go free Also in November of 1863 he gave the Gettysburg Address which dedicated the battlefield there to the soldiers who had perished He called on the living to finish the tasks of the dead soldiers In April of 1865 Lincoln attened a play at Fords Theatre entitled Our American Cousin During the performance John Booth arrived at the theatre and shot Lincoln in the back of the head Lincoln was a great man who was beloved by many people he set many goals from
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