Abraham Lincoln Age Height Weight Body Statistics Information About
Turn the pages of America’s political history, and you are sure to find one man who clearly outshines all others and manages to attract the attention and interest of all, till date, – Abraham Lincoln! Nicknamed ‘Honest Abe’ or ‘Father Abraham’, Lincoln was, by far, one of the most powerful and greatest Presidents’ that America has ever witnessed. Rising from a modest and humble beginning, it was his sheer determination and honest effort that led him to the nation’s highest office. An astute politician and proficient lawyer, he played a vital role in unification of the states and led from the front for the cause of abolishing slavery from the country, eventually giving people equal rights, irrespective of caste, color or creed. He not only envisioned but actually brought to the forefront a truly democratic government which was led by the concept of ‘by the people, of the people and for the people’. What’s more, Lincoln led the country when it faced its greatest constitutional, military and moral crises. He not only turned up victorious but also was effective in strengthening the national government and modernizing the economy. He was a saviour of the Union and an emancipator for the slaves. However, just as astonishing was his rise to the top-notch position and his eventual governance, his death was equally bewildering as he became the first U.S President ever to be assassinated. Though in his life Abraham Lincoln has been felicitated with no awards and honors, as there did not exist any awards then, he has till date retained a spot in the Top Three Presidents since 1940s. As for the presidential ranking polls conducted since 1948, Lincoln has been rated at the very top in the majority of polls.
Childhood & Early Life
Born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Lincoln, in a log-cabin in Hardin County Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln was the second of the three children of the couple. He had an elder sister Sarah and a younger brother Thomas who died in infancy.
Senior Lincoln was a hardworking man. Through his relentless efforts, he became one the richest men in the country. He was respected and honoured by one and all. However, the blissfulness did not last long as Thomas Lincoln lost all what he had, which led to the family shifting base to the present Spencer County, Indiana.
Religiously, the Lincolns attended Separate Baptists church and had opposing views regarding alcohol, dancing and slavery. They completely believed in restrictive moral standards.
In 1818, tragedy struck the family as Nancy Lincoln left for the heavenly abode, after suffering from milk sickness. The death of his mother had devastating effect on young Lincoln who grew alienated from his father. However, the gap was abridged by his stepmother, Sarah Bush Johnston whom he grew close to.
Billed as lazy and indolent by most due to his dislike for the hard labor associated with frontier life, Lincoln wronged all as he grew up to be responsible and dedicated. He completed all the chores expected of a boy from a household and became an adept axe-man in his work, building rail fences. He also dutifully submitted all his earning to his father.
As far as his education is concerned, Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge. Though both his parents were illiterate and unschooled, they encouraged Lincoln to read and write, especially his stepmom Sarah. It is estimated that all through his life Lincoln did not have not more than 18 months of formal education.
Since there was not much scope of formal education in the Indiana wilderness, he walked for miles at stretch to borrow a book. He was an avid reader and had read all the then popular books several times, including the Bible. Thus, the knowledge and wisdom that Lincoln possessed was mostly self-taught.
The family shifted base to Coles County, Illinois in 1831, after fearing milk sickness. At the age of 22, Lincoln set off on his own. His first stop was in a village of New Salem in Sangamon County, where he took up a job of transferring goods by flatboat from New Salem to New Orleans via the Sangamon, Illinois, and Mississippi riversAdded By Anonymous
Abraham Lincolns mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of milk disease on October 5, 1818. She was buried in a grave which was located just behind the family cabin.Added By Anonymous
ALSO LISTED IN Presidents, Political Leaders
FAMOUS AS American President.
NATIONALITY American Famous American Men
POLITICAL IDEOLOGY Republican (1854–1865), National Union (1864–1865)
BORN ON 12 February 1809 AD
BIRTHDAY 12th February Famous 12th February Birthdays
DIED AT AGE 56
SUN SIGN Aquarius Aquarius Men
BORN IN Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.
DIED ON 15 April 1865 AD
PLACE OF DEATH Petersen House, Washington, D.C., U.S.
FATHER Thomas Lincoln
MOTHER Nancy Lincoln
SIBLINGS Sarah Lincoln Grigsby, Thomas
SPOUSE: Mary Todd
CHILDREN Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Baker
In 1832, Lincoln shifted to New Orleans, where, along with a friend, he bought a small general store. However, since the venture did not turn out to be profitable, he sold his shares and instead, tried his hand at politics. He started campaigning for a seat at the Illinois General Assembly.
Though Lincoln had gained popularity through his skilled storytelling ability, his lack of proper formal education, money and powerful friends lead to his loss. Meanwhile, while taking part in the assembly, Lincoln also served in the Black Hawk War as a captain in the Illinois Militia.
After working as a postmaster and county surveyor, Lincoln’s gave in to his wish to become a lawyer. He started reading law books to equip himself with the knowledge required in the field. Lincoln’s social skills and antics at story-telling were honed during this phase of life.
In 1834, his second campaign turned out to be successful as he won election to the state legislature and ran as a Whig.
In 1836, Lincoln moved to Springfield Illinois where he enrolled himself to the bar and started practicing law under John T. Stuart.
Lincoln’s reputation as an able and efficient lawyer grew up leaps and bounds. He began known for his tough and challenging cross-examinations and closing arguments. Over the years, Lincoln worked with a number of professional lawyers including Stephen T. Logan and William Herndon.
Lincoln’s political career was progressing steadily as well. In his four years of successive term at the Illinois House of Representatives as a Whig representative, he was known for voicing against the perils of slavery and abolitionism. He regularly spoke for economic modernization in various sectors including banking.
Rising popularity and great work earned Lincoln a seat at the U.S. House of Representative in 1846, where he served a two-year term. A true Whig supporter, he stood for his party beliefs and participated in all votes. He even made speeches that stressed on abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia.
As far as foreign and military policies are concerned, Lincoln was heavily against Mexican-American War and President Polk and instead supported the Wilmot Proviso. His stand against the President earned him negative publicity as Lincoln lost political support from not only his district, but even earned the nickname ‘spotty Lincoln’.
In the 1848 presidential elections, Lincoln changed his preference as he shifted to the General Zachary Taylor camp for the Whig nomination. Though Taylor won the elections, Lincoln lost to Justin Butterfield for the office of the Commissioner of the General Land Office. Instead, he was offered a position of a secretary or governor of the Oregon Territory. He refused the same to resume his law practice.
Lincoln’s career as a lawyer was steadily growing as was his reputation and status. He even appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States. Out of his 175 appearances at the Illinois Supreme Court, 51 times he stood as a sole counsellor out of which he won on 31 occasions. His client list included big names from the country.
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