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Biography Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born onFebruary 12, 1809 Born in Hodgenville, Hardin County (USA). He went down in American history as the 16th President of the United States and an outstanding reformer on the slave question.

Early years
Lincoln grew up in a poor family on a farm in Hardin County (now LaRue County, Kentucky). His family consisted of illiterate people who, as border guards' families, did farm work. A few years after Lincoln started elementary school, his family moved to Indiana and later to Illinois, where they appropriated wilderness.

Profession and political career
After Lincoln's first wife died, he had in years 1819 married the widow Sarah Bush Johnston. He moved with her in the 1830s to the prairie town of New Salem in Illinois, where he worked as a postman, merchant and surveyor. In 1832 he volunteered for the war against the Sauk-Idians. In 1836 he was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association. After his participation in the campaign against the Indians of the chief "Black Hawk", Lincoln had decided to run for the House of Representatives of the State of Illinois. In his election campaign, among other things, he advocated a better school system and the expansion of traffic routes. After his first attempt to get into the House of Representatives failed, he finally received the mandate in1834. Which he then also by the year1842 held.1846 followed his election to the American Congress, in which he was until 1849 as a member. For the first time he came under sharp criticism and discredit from his followers when he took a stand in favor of Mexico and the abolition of slavery in the United States. His supporters no longer saw their interests in Congress represented by him and forced Lincoln to withdraw from politics in the years 1848 to 1860. He then gave up and resumed his professional activity as a lawyer.

Withdrawn from political office, Lincoln repeatedly took a stand in the debate about the slave question and spoke out in favor of the abolitionist position, in which he sharply criticized and publicly rejected the extension of slavery to the recently annexed southern states. This political stance and his commitment led him to switch to the newly constituted Republican Party in 1856, where he was able to gain a leading role over time. This also led to his running as a Republican candidate in the presidential election in 1860 and subsequently elected 16th President of the United States. His presidency resulted in seven of the southern states secede from the Union and constituted a new confederation of American states. Lincoln took decisive action, both politically and militarily, against the secession of the Southern Territories by the Confederates. Such was Lincoln's tenure as President of 1861 to1865 shaped by the outbreak of civil war in the northern and southern states. He campaigned intensively for the reconquest of the southern states and the abolition of slavery there, after which he was re-elected president in 1864. During his second term in office, Lincoln finally forced the surrender of the southern states on April 9, 1865 in the so-called Civil War. The necessary reconstruction of the Union did not materialize due to his murder.

At the April 14, 1865 John Wilkes Booth committed an assassination attempt on the President by firing a pistol shot at him, fatally injuring him. Abraham Lincoln then died on April 15, 1865 as a result of the assassination attempt in a hospital in Washington. His murderer, John Wilkes Booth, was found in a barn in Virginia on April 26, 1965, and shot dead.
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