Abraham Lincoln Essay

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On November 4, 1842 he married Mary Todd Lincoln. The following year they had their first kid together. Their son was named Robert Todd Lincoln. Abraham and Mary had another son three years later, named Edward Baker Lincoln. They later had two more boys named William Wallace Lincoln and Thomas Tad Lincoln. The only bad thing about all the kids is all of them but one died at an early age. Only Robert would survive until he was an adult. All of the kids death had a major effect on Abraham and Mary. In 1851 Abraham's father died at the age of 73. Abraham and Mary had many troubles they faced throughout the rest of their lives.
Robert Todd (1843-1926), Edward Baker (1846-1850), William Wallace (1850-1862), and Thomas "Tad" (1853-1871).
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As a Whig, he supported the Second Bank of the United States. Abraham became a lawyer in 1836, and in 1837 he moved to Springfield, a law partner. With all the partners he had he became a successful lawyer. In 1847 Lincoln started one term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During this term he would oppose the Mexican War. Lincoln had been unconcerned about the annexation of Texas. After his first term he did not run again. Instead he returned to Springfield to work on law again. In 1854 Lincoln was starting to lose his politic side because of the Kansas-Nebraska Act passed. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1855. In 1856 he joined the Republican Party. In 1858 he campaigned for the Senate against Stephen Douglas. Lincoln's strategy, was to separate the ideals of the Republicans from Democrats, Douglas wanted popular sovereignty to decide the destiny of each territory. Lincoln said Douglas did not care whether slavery was voted for or not. Lincoln fought and fought and came out on top and won the debate and this was his first time he would get fame By his vigorous showing against the famous Douglas, Lincoln won the debates and his first considerable national fame. He did not win the Senate seat because Douglas was elected by the Democratic Party. Douglas was way more popular in the Democratic Party.

Election to the Presidency

In February 1860, Lincoln made his first important political appearance in the

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