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Abraham Lincoln will forever be remembered as one of historys greatest defenders of human rights He is known as the Great Emancipator and Honest Abe American President Those nicknames clearly represent the noble character which many deeply admired While the country was torn in two battling each other in the devastating Civil War he remained strong and guided his people through the tough times Many Americans and historians today see Lincoln as the nations greatest president However Abraham Lincoln was not only a good leader He was also a dedicated family man and truly cared about the welfare of others His bravery decency and dignity make him one of our nations most honored heroes Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on February 12 1809 in Hardin County Kentucky He was named after his grandfather who was killed by Native Americans which left his father as an orphan Nevertheless Thomas Lincoln grew up to become a skilled carpenter and farmer Abraham Lincolns mother was Nancy Hanks Lincoln his older sister was Sarah and his younger brother was Thomas Jr who died as an infant In 1816 the Lincoln family moved to Indiana Here Lincolns childhood was spent working on his fathers farm but he also deeply longed for an education His mother died in 1818 and the following year his father married a Kentucky widow named Sarah Bush Johnston Fortunately she was a very kind and nurturing mother to Lincoln In 1830 the Lincolns once again moved this time to Macon County Illinois In 1831 22-year-old Abe Lincoln was hired by an Illinoisan businessman named Denton Offutt His job was to take goods from Illinois to New Orleans navigating on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers While in New Orleans he witnessed a slave auction which undoubtedly left a tremendous impression on him for the rest of his life Sullivan 9 Lincolns wife was a prim and proper Kentucky woman named Mary Todd From
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