February 12, 1809 - Abraham Lincoln is born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky. With no formal education, Lincoln wins a seat in the Illinois state legislature and becomes a lawyer. He weds Mary Todd, who will bear him four sons, only one lives to adulthood. After being nominated to the U.S. Senate, he delivers the infamous ‘House Divided’ speech and engages his rival, Stephen Douglas, in debates on slavery. Days before Lincoln becomes America’s sixteenth president, seven southern states secede from the Union. Less than one week in office, civil war breaks out. Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in the ten rebel states. He visits the site of the largest battle of the war and delivers the Gettysburg Address. After Lincoln’s reelection, Lee surrenders to Grant and the war ends. Nine days later, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. He abolished slavery with the 13th Amendment, created Thanksgiving, never belonged to an organized church and is the only President to hold a patent.
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