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What do you think of when you hear the name Abraham Lincoln? You're probably picturing a tall man with a beard and that tall silk hat. That's "Honest Abe," and he wasthe president that freed the slaves. The president that went from a cabin to the white house. Those are all great achievements in themselves, but there is a lot more to our 16th president.
For starters, he was the tallest president. He stood 6 feet and four inches. He always had that dark, serious look on his face, but he was quite known for hit wit and humor. He was human, though, and did suffer bouts of mental depression. Lets dig deeper though, back to when he was born in that log cabin.
Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809. He was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, in a cabin that had only 1 window, 1 door, and a chimney. He was named "Abraham" after his pioneer grandfather, who was shot dead by hostile Indians 23 years before Lincoln's birth.Lincoln's mother and father were both illiterate, and didn't know much more than prayers, bible stories, and how to scrawl their name. Lincoln and his older sister taught themselves numbers, reading, writing, and spelling. Lincoln went to school but altogether probably had about 1 full year of real schooling. He went a few weeks here or there, but never more than a whole month a year.
When Abe was 7, the Lincoln family moved to Indiana. There, he lived with his mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, and cousin. One year later, tragedy stuck and his mother, uncle and aunt lay dead of plant poisoning. His sister, Sarah, who was just 2 years older than him, took his mothers place in the family. Abe's father soon found a new wife back in Kentucky, who was warm and loving to Abe. She took over the household, along with her 3 children from her previous marriage. Abe grew up working with his father, becoming an expert at the ax. He was hired out to work with others as well.

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