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Abraham Lincoln: Famous Last Words

Posted in Famous Last Words on Saturday, 30 April 2011

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Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America and one of the most iconic figures in history, was born at Sinking Spring Farm, Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1809. Lincoln was raised in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.

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Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America

Lincoln worked on a flatboat carry goods to New Orleans, where he witnessed slavery first hand. He subsequently ran a store, served in the militia and began educating himself in law. He also began his political career and was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1846, serving for two years.

He returned to politics in 1854, opposing the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which was seen as a concession to the powerful pro-slave South. Lincoln became the Republican candidate for the 1860 election and won by a considerable margin. Many southern states immediately set about seceding from the Union and, shortly after Lincoln took office in March 1861, the American Civil War began.

Lincoln was reelected by a landslide in 1864 but was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on 14 April 1865 whilst attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre. Shortly before his death he had agreed with his friend Joshua Speed, who found him reading the Bible, that he was profitably engaged.

“Take all of this book upon reason that you can, and the balance on faith, and you will live and die a happier and better man.

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