CarlClientpaper - Stealing Lincolns Body Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States He was born in Kentucky in 1809 his father

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Stealing Lincoln’s Body Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States. He was born in Kentucky in 1809; his father, Thomas, was a carpenter and farmer who moved his family to a backwoods Indiana log cabin. This happened when Lincoln was seven years old; when Abraham was nine years of age, his mother Nancy died. It was said that she died from drinking soiled milk from a cow that had eaten a poisonous plant. A year after the death of his wife Nancy, Lincoln's father, Thomas, had remarried to a woman named Sarah; like Abraham and his father, Sarah was also from Kentucky. She was a mother of three children at the time, and she was always a great stepmother to Lincoln. For one year only, Abraham Lincoln had attended a one-room cabin school. It turned out to be the only formal education that he would ever receive. During his childhood, Abraham developed a love from reading, and he had often read at night by the fire. Abe’s love for reading sometimes pushed him to walk miles just to borrow a book. For his age, Lincoln was considered a tall boy who stood out in class. More than often he had helped his father on the farm which is where he developed his skill of log splitting. His family had moved to Illinois when he was 20 years old. By the time Abe had reached 21 years of age he’d already worked as a rail splitter, a postmaster, storekeeper, and a surveyor. As an adult Abe was considered very tall compared to other men his age, and had often stood out in crowded areas. Some say that Abe Lincoln had been great at telling stories, which would later add to one of his many charismatic skills as President. Abe had lost his first election when he had run for legislature. After losing his first election, Abe became a lawyer and had moved to the capitol of Illinois. While in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln had married a women by the name of Mary Todd, which is who would bear Abe his five sons. Only one of Abe’s children had lived long enough to 1
Stealing Lincoln’s Body reach adulthood. In 1858 Abe had again entered into politics and campaigned against slavery all throughout the United States. Known to us as the famous Lincoln Douglas debates, Abe had opposed slavery. In 1861 at the age of 52 he won the election for presidency. During his Presidency in 1863, he attempted to free all the slaves in his famous Emancipation Proclamation. Also in 1863 Abraham Lincoln had delivered the Gettysburg Address which he promised amnesty and moderation to the defeated South. On April 14, 1865 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth a well-known actor and supporter of the confederacy. Following his assassination Lincoln was buried, and is remembered as one of the finer presidents in United States history. Yet one of the strangest, most intriguing, and yet almost unknown episodes in American history unfolded in 1876, eleven years after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A band of Chicago counterfeiters hatched a plot to steal the President’s body from its tomb outside Springfield, Illinois, and hold it for a ransom of $200,000. A paid informant told the newly

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