“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
— Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), from The Gettysburg Address
How was his character formed?
To understand Lincoln’s character and the influences on it, we must comb through his life and find the people and experiences that affected its result. As we travel from the small log cabin in Kentucky to the simple townhouse in Washington, D.C. where Lincoln breathed his last breaths, we will see a pattern of a life that was lived to its utmost capacity in honesty, truth, and integrity.
Abraham Lincoln was born in 1908 in a small farmhouse in Kentucky. A year after Abraham’s mother (Nancy Lincoln) died of milk sickness, his father, Thomas Lincoln, realized that he couldn’t support the family and parent them. He was quickly married to the widow Sarah Bush Johnston, who was a widow herself and had three children.