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Victoria SyerDawn Ham-KucharskiEnglish 2327 June 27, 2013Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln was the 16thPresident of the United States. He served the United States as President from March 1861 until his assassination on April 14, 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the greatest moral crisis and the bloodiest war in U.S. history, preserving the Union and finally putting an end to slavery- The Civil War. Lincoln has gone down in history as one of the most influential Presidents of all time and his powerful legacy has continued on until today nearly 150 years ago. Lincoln’s childhood was anything from perfect. He was born on February 12, 1809 in Nolin Creek Kentucky in a one-room log cabin to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. Growing up neither one of his parents was literate and all in all he only attended school for just about a year. Sadly, when he was only 9 his mother died of milk sickness, and his elder sister Sarah took of the “mother role” in the family, until she was 20 and died while giving birth to a stillborn. His father remarried to Sarah Bush Johnston who played a big role in Lincoln’s life by taking him under her wing, and he referred to her later on as his “angel mother.” The new family moved to Illinois, and it was there that Lincoln decided he wanted to peruse a career in law.