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American President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - Life History: "The Great Emancipator" - FreedMen

Updated: Feb 16

In the United States, Lincoln's Birthday is celebrated annually as a state public holiday to mark the birth of Abraham Lincoln, he is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. It was officially named as Washington’s Birthday but is also known as Presidents Day.

His father Thomas Lincoln, an illiterate pioneer, a carpenter farmer, and his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when Abraham was nine years old. It was Thomas Lincoln’s second wife, Sarah Bush Johnston illiterate, recognized Abraham’s “uncommon natural talents” and encouraged his famous bookishness.

According to Lincoln Jokes were a weapon in a different war. Stories and humor were nearly as important to Lincoln as oxygen and water. They were part of his life blood. Humor helped offset his natural sadness. It was literally an escape from the internal and external pressures and events of his life.

Lincoln, one of America’s most admired presidents, grew up a member of a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana. He attended school for only one year, but thereafter he read on his own in a continual effort to improve his mind. After his studies he performed a variety of jobs including stints as a postmaster, surveyor and shopkeeper, before entering politics in Illinois.

Lincoln later became an attorney. In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd together, the pair raised four sons. Lincoln was the tallest president at 6′ 4. As a young man, he impressed others with his sheer physical strength leads to legendary wrestler.

Abraham Lincoln said, "Democracy is a rule of the people, for the people and by the people". It means that democracy is a form of government in which the rulers are elected by the people. The citizens elect the Government to rule the country for the people and the elected government work for the welfare of the people.

Lincoln was an animal lover, once he declared, “I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” a pet turkey named Jack and a goat called Nanko. Lincoln’s son Tad frequently hitched Nanko to a small wagon and drove around the White House grounds.

Lincoln is remembered as The Great Emancipator. Although he waffled on the subject of slavery in the early years of his presidency, his greatest legacy was his work to preserve the Union and his signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

However, Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation reinforced his image as a hated despot and ultimately led John Wilkes Booth to assassinate him on April 14, 1865. His favorite horse, Old Bob, was part of the funeral procession.

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