Abraham Lincoln (Honest Abe)
AKA: The 16th President of the United States
Sarah Bush Johnston
Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky to Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. When Lincoln was nine years old his mother died of tremetol (milk sickness) at age 34. A few months after his mother death, Thomas married Sarah Bush Johnston, a Kentucky widow woman. Sarah encouraged Lincoln to read. While growing up into manhood Lincoln received his formal education, a total of 18 months. Neighbors recalled how Lincoln would walk for miles to borrow a book. When Lincoln was 22 years-old he made a living off manual labor. At six feet four inches, Lincoln was rawboned and lanky, but muscular and physically stung. He spoke with a backwoods twang and walked with a long striding gait.
Abraham Lincoln migrated to the small community of New Salem, Illinois where he worked as a shopkeeper, postmaster and eventually a store owner. It was here that he learned public speaking and social skills. When the Black Hawk war broke out in 1832 between the United States and Native Americans, the volunteers in the area elected Lincoln to be their captain. After the Black Hawk War, Abraham Lincoln began his political career and was elected to the Illinois state legislature in 1834 as a member of the Whig Party; however, Lincoln joined the Republican Party in 1856.
Lincoln's whole life was the product of years of ambition and perseverance that allowed for him to achieve many things. The ultimate outcome of his years of long work was becoming the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln was like no other president before him. He believed in and enforced the freedom of slaves and opposed popular sovereignty. During his term as President the Civial War started and ended. Even though he was admired by many, he was assassinated before he could finish his second term in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. However, that didn't stop the impact he had on the U.S. The Emancipation Proclamation was written and all of the southern states (formally the confederacy) were stripped from the right to own slaves. IF he hadn't encouraged the North (Union) to fight for not only the slaves but to keep America together then we would be the confederacy right now.
Lincoln did a lot for our country even if it meant to fight itself to keep it together. He was cunning yet gentle; ambitious, yet understanding. He understood the slaves’ position and fought for their freedom as well. Some say he was the best President that the U.S. has ever had, and in some ways this is very true. From a poor, tall and ambitious child to the President of the U.S. who was assassinated before he could achieve much more.