Monday, February 8, 2010

President Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America.

I do not know where to start so I might as well start, well where it all started. Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 inside of a log cabin. The cabin presided in Kentucky, and he was born to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln. When he was eight they had moved to Indiana where Abraham would help his father to build another log cabin. Sadly, Abe’s mother died only a year later. The cabin seemed bare with his mother gone. Soon his father would remarry, and to add on to the family they had three more kids.

Lincoln had only a little over a year of schooling. Books were as scarce as paper and it made it difficult on Lincoln. As inventive and resourceful as he was he simply worked all of his arithmetic problems on a board and used a knife to clean the board.

This family owned a bible as well as spent hours reading it. Abe would copy parts of the bible so he could memorize it line by line. At times if he wanted a book, he would walk many miles Just to borrow a book. His all time favorite book was “The life of George Washington.”

By age seventeen, he wanted to be a lawyer. He wanted to figure out how to be one so he would walk more than seventeen miles to watch the lawyers at their work. He would sit at the back of the courthouse to watch them work Yelling, Screaming, and Faces turning red, winning cases. When he was finished at the courthouse he would walk another seventeen miles back to his home to think about what he had seen.

When he was twenty-one, he spent his time on a farm in Illinois. While on the farm, he and the man he worked with had split more than three-thousand rails in 1830 alone. On top of this, he also managed a flat boat on the Ohio River.

Every time Lincoln got a new job, he would try to be as honest as was humanly possible. This was a skill, which he believed would help him as a lawyer. While he was a Shopkeeper, he shortchanged a woman six cents. He followed her home just so he could give her the money back. As a postmaster, he learned to get along with people very well. As a surveyor, he made near perfect measurements.

Although he had done many different jobs in the past, he still wanted to be a lawyer. With the perseverance, he would study throughout the night. Because he did not have many books, he would borrow them from a neighbor in the evening and return them in the morning. In 1836, he passed the test and became a full-fledged lawyer.

During this time, the Whig party would elect him to the Illinois legislature. He became elite when it came to debating and public speaking. He had countless debates with John Calhoun regarding the tariff. The spoke before large audiences for hours at a time.

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