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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 farmer Both of Abrahams parents were members of a Baptist congregation which had separated from another church due to opposition to slavery When Abraham was 7 the family moved to southern Indiana Abraham had gone to school briefly in Kentucky and did so again in Indiana He attended school with his older sister Sarah his younger brother Thomas had died in infancy In 1818 Nancy Hanks Lincoln died from milk sickness a disease obtained from drinking the milk of cows which had grazed on poisonous white snakeroot 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 As Abraham grew up he loved to read and preferred learning to working in the fields This led to a difficult relationship with his father who was just the opposite Abraham was constantly borrowing books from the neighbors In 1828 Abrahams sister who had married Aaron Grigsby in 1826 died during childbirth Later in the year Abraham 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 who 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
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