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Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 1809 in Hardin County Kentucky He was not well educated but somehow he could read write and cipher He learned while he worked hard as a rail splitter and store keeper in New Salem Illinois He was a captain in the Black Hawk War and worked in the Illinois Legislature for eight years He was married to Mary Todd and they had four sons Lincoln ran for senate in 1858 but lost to Democrat Stephen A Douglas In 1860 Lincoln was nominated to be the Republican candidate for the 1860 presidential election He believed in minority rights meaning that he though that the minority group in the US should have the same or similar rights as the majority He became the sixteenth president of The United States of America President Abraham Lincoln is well known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation that declared slaves free forever on January 1 1863 Abraham Lincoln won re-election in 1864 after gaining the support of northern democrats On April 14 1865 the sixteenth president of the United States of America Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Fords Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth Senator Stephen A Douglas was born in Brandon Vermont Unlike Abraham Lincoln he did not have to work as hard to get an education In 1833 he began to study law under a local lawyer but quit and moved to Jacksonville Illinois 6 months later In 1834 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar Douglas was a leader in the Illinois Democratic Party Shortly before he turned 22 he was elected to be the states attorney In 1836 Douglas he was elected to the House of Representatives and in 1840 he became the Illinois Secretary of State In 1846 he served three consecutive terms in the US Senate In 1858 Senator Douglas once again ran for US Senate This time his challenger was Abraham Lincoln a republican from Illinois Lincoln
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