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February 12, 1809

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthdate

 

 

America’s 16th President, from Illinois, born in a log cabin in Kentucky.

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Young Abe Lincoln

  • First U.S. President born west of Appalachian Mountains.
  • Grew up in poverty.
  • Cabin = one room, dirt floor.
  • Father: Thomas, pioneer farmer
  • Mother: Nancy Hanks, who died when Lincoln was 10 – he called her “angel mother.”
  • Step-mother: Sarah Bush Johnston who Lincoln loved and called his “mama.”
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Early Life

“It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up…. Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher … but that was all.”

President Lincoln reflecting on growing up in Indiana, where his family moved after Kentucky.
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Pres. Lincoln: Youth

  • Did not regularly go to school.
  • Attended an anti-slavery church.
  • Served in the “Black Hawk War” – a deadly, but short conflict with the Black Hawk Native American tribe in 1832.
  • Found himself in Illinois by accident traveling to a job. In his 20s, he kept shop in the town of New Salem & served as the town’s postmaster.
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You can own a part of Pres. Lincoln's childhood. 30 acres of farmland he once owned (bought from his father) heads to auction in Illinois. We often forget Pres. Lincoln lost a race for Senator in Illinois, but earned the prominence to be nominated for President in 1860.

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