BIOGRAPHY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN PDF
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But in time, Lincoln called off the match. Lincoln as Lawyer and Politician In Abraham Lincoln began his political career and was elected to the Illinois state legislature as a member of the Whig Party.
It was around this time that he decided to become a lawyer, teaching himself the law by reading William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. After being admitted to the bar in , he moved to Springfield, Illinois, and began to practice in the John T. Stuart law firm.
In , Abraham Lincoln partnered with William Herndon in the practice of law. Though the two had different jurisprudent styles, they developed a close professional and personal relationship. Lincoln made a good living in his early years as a lawyer, but found that Springfield alone didn't offer enough work, so to supplement his income, he followed the court as it made its rounds on the circuit to the various county seats in Illinois.
Abraham Lincoln served a single term in the U.
House of Representatives from to His foray into national politics seemed to be as unremarkable as it was brief. He was the lone Whig from the state of Illinois, showing party loyalty, but finding few political allies.
He used his term in office to speak out against the Mexican-American War and supported Zachary Taylor for president in His criticism of the war made him unpopular back home and he decided not to run for second term, but instead returned to Springfield to practice law.
By the s, the railroad industry was moving west and Illinois found itself becoming a major hub for various companies. Abraham Lincoln served as a lobbyist for the Illinois Central Railroad as its company attorney.
Success in several court cases brought other business clients as well — banks, insurance companies and manufacturing firms. Lincoln also did some criminal trials. In one case, a witness claimed that he could identify Lincoln's client who was accused of murder, because of the intense light from a full moon.
Lincoln referred to an almanac and proved that the night in question had been too dark for the witness to see anything clearly. His client was acquitted. This political understanding led him to formulate his early views on slavery, not so much as a moral wrong, but as an impediment to economic development.
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In , Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act , which repealed the Missouri Compromise , allowing individual states and territories to decide for themselves whether to allow slavery. The law provoked violent opposition in Kansas and Illinois, and it gave rise to the Republican Party.
This awakened Abraham Lincoln's political zeal once again, and his views on slavery moved more toward moral indignation. Lincoln joined the Republican Party in In , the Supreme Court issued its controversial Dred Scott decision , declaring African Americans were not citizens and had no inherent rights.
Though Abraham Lincoln felt African Americans were not equal to whites, he believed America's founders intended that all men were created with certain inalienable rights. Even though Lincoln lost the Senate race to Douglas, he was elected President in As a result of his nomination, eleven southern states declared their independence from the Union. When the South fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor on April 12, , Lincoln called for 75, volunteers to help put down the rebellion.
After over a year of indecisive fighting, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation , freeing the slaves of the rebelling southern states. The Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, Subsequent Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga soon had the Southern armies permanently on the defensive. It was during a dedication ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, that he presented the Gettysburg Address, now recognized as one of the world's greatest speeches.
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Lincoln was re-elected president in November of After a great deal of political maneuvering on the part of Lincoln, the House of Representatives passed the Thirteenth Amendment on January 31, Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address , delivered less than 6 weeks before his assassination, eloquently summed up his beliefs.
But because of the rich supply of supporting facts he has uncovered, Burlingame is able to buttress every main point with multiple anecdotes, quotes or first-hand observations. His style is generally to make a point and then reinforce it not once or twice, but often a half-dozen or more times from a variety of sources.
But a slightly impatient reader will quickly learn to identify a key point or conclusion, read two or three supporting sentences, and then scan ahead to the next main point skipping several paragraphs in the process.
The volume ends as Lincoln is boarding a train in Illinois to carry him to Washington for his inauguration.
His chaotic family life and the circumstances surrounding his upbringing are brilliantly and thoroughly covered. In each case, the text may not always be lively, fun or carefree, but they are consistently insightful and scholarly. There is so much supporting evidence and detail that a reader unfamiliar with Lincoln or the Civil War may, at times, lose the forest for the trees.
Fortunately, the story is well-written and is not focused narrowly on an academic audience. It provides a wonderful source of insight into the life a remarkable politician and man.
I read only this 1st volume of Burlingame's huge biography of Lincoln, saving the 2d for a later time. This volume takes him up to the eve of his 1st inauguration. The biography is big in scope and meticulous in detail.
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The only biography of Lincoln I can remember reading, this was promoted as offering new insight into a childhood in which the relationship with his father was strained, even abusive, and is therefore useful in explaining the formation of t Reading only the 1st volume at this time.
The only biography of Lincoln I can remember reading, this was promoted as offering new insight into a childhood in which the relationship with his father was strained, even abusive, and is therefore useful in explaining the formation of the young man.Their mode of conveyance was wagons drawn by ox-teams, and Abraham drove one of the teams. Neighbors recalled how Abraham would walk for miles to borrow a book.
I cannot but hate it. In he was upon the Scott electoral ticket, and did something in the way of canvassing, but owing to the hopelessness of the cause in Illinois he did less than in previous presidential canvasses. Young Abraham Lincoln eventually migrated to the small community of New Salem, Illinois, where over a period of years he worked as a shopkeeper, postmaster and eventually general store owner.
Mary and Abraham met later at a social function and eventually married in Lincoln was not a candidate for reelection. The Union Army's first year and a half of battlefield defeats made it difficult to keep up morale and support strong for a reunification of the nation.
Reconstruction has already began during the Civil War as early as in areas firmly under Union military control, and Lincoln favored a policy of quick reunification with a minimum of retribution.