Honest Abe

Elect Abraham Lincoln to the Illinois House of Representatives

Biography

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a one-room log cabin on the family farm Sinking Spring Farm in southeast Hardin County, Kentucky. His father, Thomas, was a respected citizen of the area and a member of the Separate Baptists church. In 1816 the family moved to Perry County, Indiana. This was due in part to the fact that Kentucky was a slave state and it was hard for farmers who did not own slaves to compete.

In 1830 , the family once again pulled up stakes and settled on land along the Sangamon River. Abe got his first taste of politics soon after he moved to Illinois in support of mproving navigation on the local rivers. During this time he made several flatboat trip to New Orleans to sell farm products. Abe settled in New Salem, Illinois, where he worked as a clerk in the village store and ran for the Illinois General Assembly. Abe puts the value of common good before his own self interests. He lost that election when he enlisted in the rifle company during the Black Hawk War. Abe was elected captain of that company and served three months until the war ended.