Abraham Lincoln

  • Birth of Sister

    Birth of Sister
    Sarah was Abraham’s older sister. They were very close, and he grew up with her.
  • Birthdate

    Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky.
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    Only Brother

    Thomas Jr. was Abraham’s younger brother. He died when he was only 3 days old.
  • School

    This is the first time of many brief occurrences that Abraham Lincoln will attend school. He will attend school (never more than a year) in 1815, 1816, 1820, 1822, and 1824. Even though he doesn’t attend school a lot, he is fond of books. He uses the only light in his house (his fireplace) to read borrowed books. This eventually influences his thoughts that every child should have an education.
  • Hunting

    Abraham Lincoln killed a wild turkey, but suffered from great remorse. He never killed another animal. This shows his early love of animals, which will last a lifetime.
  • Death of Mother

    Death of Mother
    Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of milk sickness. He was not close to his real mother, so he faintly remembered her.
  • Death of Sister

    Death of Sister
    Abraham Lincoln’s sister Sarah died while giving birth.
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    Abraham Lincoln had a series of failed businesses, leaving him badly in debt.
  • First Speech

    First Speech
    Abraham Lincoln says his first political speech when seeking first seat in the Illinois General Assembly.
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    Abraham Lincoln volunteered for the Black Hawk War, but did not get to battle.
  • Elected

    Abraham Lincoln is elected to the Illinois General Assembly as a member of the Whig Party.
  • Re- Elected

    Re- Elected
    Abraham Lincoln is re-elected into the Illinois General Assembly and is now the leader of the Whig party.
  • Marraige

    Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois.
  • Nominated

    Abraham Lincoln is nominated to be the Whig candidate for U.S. Congress.
  • Elected

    Abraham Lincoln is elected into the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Federal Homestead Law

    Federal Homestead Law
    Abraham Lincoln approves the Federal homestead Law, which will give 160 acres of land to anyone who will work on it for 5 years. This will lead thousands of people to go claim the “Wild West”.
  • Elected, but Declined

    Elected, but Declined
    Abraham Lincoln is elected into the Illinois Legislature, but declines, hoping to rather become a U.S. Senator.Sadly, Abraham Lincoln was not elected to be a U.S. Senator..
  • House Divided Speech

    House Divided Speech
    Abraham Lincoln says his famous “House Divided” speech against the Dred Scott decision. This will prove to the Union that Abraham Lincoln is a very powerful figure, and very clear on his thoughts and views on slavery. This could be called his second most famous speech, to the Gettysburg Address.
  • Lincoln-Douglas Debates

    Lincoln-Douglas Debates
    Ottawa on August 21, Freeport on August 27, Jonesboro on September 15, Charleston on September 18, Galesburg on October 7, Quincy on October 13, and Alton on October 15. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas have seven debates for the spot in Senate. Lincoln eventually loses the election in November, but he gains national reputation. This will come useful in the election to happen.
  • Nominated and Elected

    Nominated and Elected
    (Nominated May 18,1860) Abraham Lincoln is elected to be the the 16th President of the United States. He got 40% of the popular vote against the other three candidates, one of which was Stephen A. Douglas.
  • First Inaugural Address

    First Inaugural Address
    At the capitol, Abraham Lincoln said his First Inaugural Address. It was mainly addressed to the South, saying that seceding from the Union was anarchy and that we are friends, not enemies. He stressed three points to the citizens of the Union: first: to hold and preserve government land; second: to never attack first; third: the Union was undissolvable, so session was impossible.
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    Civil War

    These are the dates for the Civil War. These were the majority of the dates of Lincoln's presidency, and this war was the most important part of Lincoln's presidency.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    This was said as a victory for the Union, but the Confederates lost less men, and the tactics by McClellan (the Confederate general) were stronger. With this stalemate, Abraham Lincoln said the Emancipation Proclamation, for Lincoln was looking for a strong position in the war before he said it. This was the bloodiest day in U.S. history, with 26,000 men dead. Although the Union had almost double the amount of men, they failed to achieve force concentration, which allowed the Confederate interio
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    After victories against the Union troops, General Lee marches his troops North. There, he is welcomed with a large army, lead by General Meade. After three days of fighting, Lee is forced to retreat. This battle is known as the turning point of the war. Lincoln had found new trust in Meade with this important victory.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    Many famous definitions of human and government values were redefined by this short yet powerful speech. The definition of government as “...of the people, by the people, and for the people...” is used today, and is a famous quote everywhere. The introduction is known everywhere as well. It is Lincoln’s second most famous speech, and has redefined our government today.
  • Second Inaugural Address

    Second Inaugural Address
    Although not that famous, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address was a huge aspect of his life as a president. It talked about how he wanted to reconstruct America. It also included a warm welcome to the southern states, as they had lost the war.
  • Death

    Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He laid in a coma until he died the next day.