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Abraham Lincoln's Childhood and Education:Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. He moved to Indiana in 1816 and lived there the rest of his youth. His motherdied when he was nine but he was very close to his stepmother who urged him to read. Lincoln himself stated that he had about one year of formal education. However, he was taught by many different individuals. He loved to read and learn from any books he could get his hands on. He was known to walk miles to borrow a bookAbraham Lincoln's Military Career:In 1832, Lincoln enlisted to fight in the Black Hawk War. He was elected to bethe captain of a company of volunteers. His company joined regulars under ColonelZachary Taylor.He saw no real action during his short stint in the military.Career Before the Presidency:Lincoln worked as a clerk before joining the military. He ran for the state legislature and lost in 1832. He was appointed as Postmaster of New Salem(1833-36). He was elected as a Whig to the Illinois legislature (1834-1842). He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1836. Lincoln served as a US Representative (1847-49). He was elected to the state legislature in 1854 but resigned to run for the US Senate. He gave his famous "house divided" speech after being nominated.