Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Lincoln fough as a volunteer captain in the Black Hawk Indian War, in 1832. His first government job was when he was appointed postmaster at New Salem, Illinois in 1833. (He was elected severa times to the Legislature, Congress, and served one tern as Representative),
The Lincoln-Douglass debates occurred when both were running for the United States Senate. Stephen A. Douglass won the Senate fight, but later he lost to Lincoln in the race for the presidency. Before he was elected President he was one of the best known lawyers in Illinois. They called him "Honest Abe" in Springfield, Illinois, because he was always fair in his dealings with others. There is every evidence that he was honest with himself, too, since he worked and saved to better himself, and overcame the handicaps of a poverty-stricken youth.
Found in "The Leading Facts of American History" by D.H. Montgomery. Published by the Chautauqua Press, 1891
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