I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families-- second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks, some of whom now reside in Adams, and others in Macon Counties, Illinois. My paternal grandfather, Abraham Lincoln, emigrated from Rockingham County, Virginia, to Kentucky, about 1781 or 2, where, a year or two later, he was killed by indians, not in battle, but by stealth, when he was laboring to open a farm in the forest.
As a Young BoyAbe never gave me a cross word or look and never refused in fact, or even in appearance, to do anything I requested him. I never gave him a cross word in all my lifehis mind and mineseemed to move together. Sarah Bush Johnson Lincoln, Abes stepmother His father remarried when Abe was 12.
Self-EducatedHis chief delight during the day was to lie down under the shade of some inviting tree to read and study.William Herndon Lincolns law partnerHe kept the Bible and Aesops Fables always within reach, and read them over and over again.
Self-EducatedLincoln only attended school briefly three different timesLincoln described them as, schools, so-called[where] no qualification was required of a teacher.His favorite author was William Shakespeare.
Lincoln at WorkAbraham Lincoln worked a wide-variety of jobs before becoming the 16th President.Rail splitterTales about his strength were often told and exaggerated
Lincoln at WorkSawyerCarrying firewood and loading it on steamboatsPassenger ferryBuilt his own to ferry passengers to passing boatsRiverboat manHauled freight along the river made $8/month plus board.
Lincoln at WorkMoved to New Salem, ILMilitia officer Black Hawk WarPostmasterElection clerkStorekeeperSurveyorCandidate for state legislatureRail splitter
Lincoln the LawyerLincoln had 3 law partners3rd - William Herndon 16 yearsLincoln handled a variety of cases, including local clients and national railroad lines.
Mary Todd LincolnMiss Todd, I want to dance with you in the worst way.Abe was 30, Mary Todd 21, when they began courting.Mary Todd was from a rich, slave holding family and was well-educated.Both were born in KY, lived in IL, lost their mothers at a young age, and were fascinated by politics.
Mary Todd LincolnMary Todd and Abraham were engaged but was called off once. Historians believe that either Abe had cold feet or may have met someone else.During that time, Lincoln felt extremely guilty over how he treated Mary.His friends feared he was suicidal.I have an irrepressible desire to live, until I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.
MarriageNov 4th, 1842 Abe and Mary were married in a quickly arranged ceremony.Abraham gave Mary a ring enscribed with, Love is Eternal.He is to be President of the United States someday. If I had not thought so I never would have married him, for you can see his is not pretty.
FamilyRobert Todd only to live to adulthood, died at age 82 in 1926Edward born in 1846, died in 1850, before his 4th birthdayWilliam Wallace born in 1850, died in 1862Thomas Tad born in 1853, died in 1871 had a slight speech impediment