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Abraham LincolnA Chronology of Abraham Lincoln's Life and Career

Abraham Lincoln was a successful lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, had served in the Illinois State Legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives, but was virtually unknown outside of Illinois. He gained national recognition when he debated slavery with Stephen A. Douglas during an 1858 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Although he ultimately lost the senatorial election, his oratorical skills drew the attention of the newly-formed Republican Party, which nominated him as its first candidate for President in 1860.

February 12, 1809 Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Born near present-day Hodgenville, Kentucky.
1811   Moved with family to Knob Creek, Kentucky.
1816   Moved with family to Indiana.
October 1818   His mother, Nancy Lincoln, died.
1830   Moved with family to Illinois.
1831   Moved on his own to New Salem, Illinois.
1832   Served as a militiaman during the Black Hawk War.
1832   Defeated in bid for the Illinois State Legislature.
1832   Bought a store in New Salem.
1832   Appointed postmaster of New Salem, and assistant county surveyor.
1834   Elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
1836   Admitted to the Illinois bar.
1837 Springfield Home Moved to Springfield, Illinois, and opened a law practice.
November 4, 1842 Mary Todd Lincoln Married Mary Todd.
1846   Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1858 Lincoln debates slavery with Stephen Douglas Debated slavery with Stephen A. Douglas.
November 6, 1860 President Abraham Lincoln's Administration Elected President of the United States.
November 8, 1864   Re-elected President.
April 14, 1865 John Wilkes Booth Shot by John Wilkes Booth.
April 15, 1865   Died in Washington, D.C.
October 15, 1874 Lincoln Tomb Lincoln's tomb was dedicated.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Mary Todd Lincoln
Lincoln-Douglas Debates
John Wilkes Booth

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