Philip Van Doren Stern writes in his 'Life of Abraham Lincoln, 'There is only one way to understand this man as a person and as a force in history. No amount of reading biographical accounts of him will give the whole picture; no study of history will give as complete an understanding of his curiously complex personality as well as his own words do' P- 4. After having read both Van Doren Stern's and the writings of Lincoln himself, do you agree with Van Doren Stern's claim that Lincoln's own words provide the most insight into his character?
Origins[ edit ] Captain Abraham Lincoln was a descendant of Samuel Lincoln —who was born in HinghamNorfolkEnglandand who, as a weaver's apprentice, emigrated to Massachusetts Bay Colony in Abraham's father John Lincoln — was born in Monmouth County in the province of New Jerseyand grew up in the Schuylkill river valley in the province of Pennsylvania.
Typical of his class, John Lincoln learned a trade, in his case weaving, to practice alongside the subsistence farming necessary on the colonial frontier.
The Lincoln home farm on Hiester's Creekin what is now Exeter Township, Berks Countywas left to John's half-brothers, the children of his father's second marriage.
Rebecca was the widow of James Morris and the mother of a young son, Jonathan Morris. Abraham borntwins Hannah and Lydia bornIsaac bornJacob bornJohn bornSarah bornThomas bornand Rebecca born This family connection may have influenced Abraham's choice of occupation.
He settled his family on a acre 2. Abraham built a house on his land, across Linville Creek from his parents' home. The assertion that Abraham was first married to Mary Shipley has been refuted.
Mordecai born circaJosiah born circaMary born circaThomas bornand Nancy born He was in command of sixty of his neighbors, ready to be called out by the governor of Virginia and marched where needed. InAbraham Lincoln sold his land on Mill Creek, and in he moved his family to Kentucky, then a district of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The territory was still contested by Indians living across the Ohio River. For protection the settlers lived near frontier forts, called stations, to which they retreated when the alarm was given. Abraham Lincoln settled near Hughes' Station on Floyd's Fork and began clearing land, planting corn, and building a cabin.
The eldest boy, Mordecairan to the cabin where a loaded gun was kept, while the middle son, Josiah, ran to Hughes' Station for help. Thomas, the youngest, stood in shock by his father.
From the cabin, Mordecai observed an Indian come out of the forest and stop by his father's body. The Indian reached for Thomas, either to kill him or to carry him off. Mordecai took aim and shot the Indian in the chest, killing him.
A stone memorializing Captain Abraham Lincoln was placed in the cemetery in She moved the family away from the Ohio River, to Washington Countywhere the country was more thickly settled and there was less danger of a Native American attack.
Under the law then operating, Mordecai Lincoln, as the eldest son, inherited two-thirds of his father's estate when he reached the age of twenty-one, with Bathsheba receiving one-third.Abraham Lincoln, the greatest of all American presidents, left us a vast legacy of writings, some of which are among the most famous in our history.
Lincoln was a marvelous writer—from the humblest letter to his great speeches, including his inaugural addresses, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address.
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McPherson follows the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks from his early years in Kentucky. Selected Speeches and Writings by Abraham Lincoln The source of this small sample of letters, speeches, and writings is The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P.
Basler. Introductions to individual documents are by Abraham Lincoln Online. Oct 29, · Watch video · Abraham Lincoln’s Early Life Lincoln was born on February 12, , in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky ; his family moved to southern Indiana in The source is the standard authority on Lincoln speeches and writings, The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, a large, multi-volume publication.
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Abraham Lincoln's ability to write and deliver great speeches made him a rising star in national politics and propelled him to the White House. And during his years in office, classic speeches, especially the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, helped to establish him as one.