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On February 12 1809 a boy was born unto Thomas and Nancy Lincoln in a one room log cabin on Nolin Creek near Hodgenville Kentucky Who would know that this son of a farmer and a boy with not much education would grow up to be not only the 16th President of the United States but also one of the most famous speakers in history I will chronicle for you some of the most remembered and effective public addresses of President Abraham Lincoln Lincolns rise to presidency was a lengthy one His first political speech came in 1830 after he and his family moved to Illinois where they settled on undeclared land along the Sangamon River he was in favor of improving navigation on this river At age 24 Lincoln is elected to the Illinois General Assembly and begins his studies in law Two years later he is re-elected to the Illinois Gen Assembly and is now a leader of the Whig party September 9th 1836 Lincoln receives his law license and in June of 1840 he argues his first case before the Illinois Supreme Court After being elected to the US House of Representatives he delivers a speech on the floor of the House against President Polks war policy regarding Mexico In March of 1849 he makes an appeal before the US Supreme Court regarding the Illinois statute of limitations but is unsuccessful and leaves politics to practice law Lincolns aptitude in public speaking soon gains him a reputation as an outstanding lawyer and is nicknamed honest abe In 1854 he decides to re-enter politics and is elected to Illinois legislature but declines the seat in order to try to become US Senator however he is again unsuccessful and does not get chosen by the Illinois legislature to be US Senator Abe Lincoln was well known in history for his views on anti-slavery laws On June 26th 1857 he first speaks
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