He was born February 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. His mother died when he was nine. He was eight when his father came to Indiana from Kentucky. Lincoln, while working on the farm, was extremely desirous of attaining education and made extraordinary efforts to do it.
Having begun where he did it appears to be a dream that Lincoln was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and practiced in courts for many years.
He married Mary Todd and had four boys. Sadly, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator but lost. However, though he lost the election, debating with Douglas he did gain a national reputation that later won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.
Lincoln was re-elected in 1864. The civil war ended and President Lincoln was flexible and generous. He encouraged the Southerners to lay down their arms and join the reunion.
It was Good Friday and the date was April 14, 1865, when Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor. Booth somehow harbored the misconception that by killing Lincoln he was helping the South. The events that followed proved the opposite.