Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) How was his character formed?

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                Alyssa Carlson




“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.

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The Lincoln and the Johnston children were treated with absolute impartiality and equality, and as a result Abraham and his stepmother were bonded in a close and understanding relationship. Lincoln’s affection for his stepmother is evident when he said fondly,” Everything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” Sarah Lincoln instilled in her stepson the attributes and morals that he would keep close to his heart and consistently show to others throughout his entire life. Lincoln later implied this himself when he said, "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. ...

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