Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. When

he was two, the Lincoln's moved a few miles to another farm on the old

Cumberland Trail. A year later, his mother gave birth to another boy,

Thomas, but he died a few days later. When Lincoln was seven his family

moved to Indiana. In 1818, Lincoln's mother died from a deadly disease

called the "milk-sick." Then ten years later his sister died and left him with

only his father and stepmother.

Lincoln traveled to New Salem in April 1831 and settled there the

following July. In the fall of 1836 he and Mrs. Bennett Abell had a deal

that if she brought her single sister to New Salem he had to promise to

marry her. When she arrived he was not to pleased with her because her

skin was full of fat. Around seven months later he asked Mrs.


Browning to marry him but she said no. Lincoln met his wife to be, Mary

Todd, at the grand cotillion in honor of the completion of the new capital

building in 1839. They got engaged and a while later he broke off the

engagement because she was seeing other men. Around a year later in

Springfield on November 4, 1842 Abraham and Mary got married. In 1844,

Abraham and his wife were able to purchase their own house in

Springfield. It was a one-and-a-half story frame cottage. In May 1843,

the Lincoln's had a son and named him Robert, after the addition to the

family they made the house a full two story house. Lincoln had three

more sons Edward Baker, William Wallace, and Thomas. Edward died at

the age of three, the cause of death was either consumption or

pulmonary tuberculosis.

In 1832 Lincoln announced...