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Abraham Lincoln the 16th president of the United States guided his country through the most devastating experience in its national history--the CIVIL WAR He is considered by many historians to have been the greatest American president Early Life Lincoln was born on Feb 12 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin now Larue County Ky Indians had killed his grandfather Lincoln wrote when he was laboring to open a farm in the forest in 1786 this tragedy left his father Thomas Lincoln a wandering laboring boy who grew up literally without education Thomas nevertheless became a skilled carpenter and purchased three farms in Kentucky before the Lincolns left the state Little is known about Lincolns mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln Abraham had an older sister Sarah and a younger brother Thomas who died in infancy In 1816 the Lincolns moved to Indiana partly on account of slavery Abraham recalled but chiefly on account of difficulty in land titles in Kentucky Land ownership was more secure in Indiana because the Land Ordinance of 1785 provided for surveys by the federal government moreover the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 forbade slavery in the area Lincolns parents belonged to a faction of the Baptist church that disapproved of slavery and this affiliation may account for Abrahams later statement that he was naturally anti-slavery and could not remember when he did not so think and feel Indiana was a wild region with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods The Lincolns life near Little Pigeon Creek in Perry now Spencer County was not easy Lincoln was raised to farm work and recalled life in this unbroken forest as a fight with trees and logs and grubs There was absolutely nothing to excite ambition for education Lincoln later recalled he attended some schools so called but for less than a year altogether Still somehow he remembered I could read write and cipher to the Rule of Three
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