President Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky. He grew up the son of a carpenter and farmer in Kentucky and Indiana. Lincoln had little schooling when he was a child. He was mostly self-taught. Before going into politics, Abraham Lincoln worked in a store, managed a mill, was a postmaster, a surveyor and a rail-splitter. He was known as a wonderful storyteller with great strength of character.
Lincoln was elected to the state legislature in 1834. He served four terms, during this time he obtained his license as an attorney. He grew his law practice and ventured into national politics. He served one term in Congress, 1847-1849. He became a republican in 1856. Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States in 1861.
President Lincoln will live on in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D. C. and on the United States penny and the five dollar bill.