Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville, KY. On Feb 12, 1809 he was born to a poor family. His father was Samuel Lincoln and his mother was Nancy Lincoln they married on June 12, 1806, 3 years before Lincoln's birth. Abraham had an older sister named Sarah in 1807 and also had his mother Nancy also bore a third child, Thomas who died at infancy. On Oct. 5, 1818 Nancy Lincoln died of milk-sickness (a disease dreaded by Indiana settlers). After his mother died the Lincolns had a hard time keeping there house functioning. To help his family Thomas moved them to Elizabethtown, Indiana where on December 2, 1819 he remarried Sarah Bush Johnson a widow with three children. She sent Abraham and his sister to school so he could learn to as he said"read write and cipher to the rule of three". But in all he only spent 1 year in school.
In 1834 Lincoln was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and was reelected in 1836, 1838, and1840. Lincoln was encouraged to study law by Stuart and he obtained a license on Sept, 9 1837. In 1859 Lincoln moved to Springfield to become Stuart's partner in Law. His conscientious efforts to pay off all his debts earned him the name of honest Abe but he was so poor that he arrived in spring field on a borrowed horse with all his personal property in his sattle bags.
On Nov, 4 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd, she was a high spirited, quick tempered girl of excellent educational and cultural background. They had 4 children but only one Robert Todd Lincoln born Aug, 1 1843 lived to maturity. Edward Baker, who was born March 10, 1846, died on Feb. 1, 1850; William Wallace, born Dec, 21, 1850, died on Feb. 20, 1862; and Thomas (TAD), born April 4 1853, died on July 15 1871.