Abraham Lincoln.

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Abraham Lincoln will forever be remembered as one of history's greatest defenders of human rights. He is known as the "Great Emancipator" and "Honest Abe" (American President). Those nicknames clearly represent the noble character which many deeply admired. While the country was torn in two, battling each other in the devastating Civil War, he remained strong and guided his people through the tough times. Many Americans and historians today see Lincoln as the nation's greatest president. However, Abraham Lincoln was not only a good leader. He was also a dedicated family man and truly cared about the welfare of others. His bravery, decency, and dignity make him one of our nation's most honored heroes.

Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He was named after his grandfather, who was killed by Native Americans, which left his father as an orphan.

Nevertheless, Thomas Lincoln grew up to become a skilled carpenter and farmer. Abraham Lincoln's mother was Nancy Hanks Lincoln, his older sister was Sarah, and his younger brother was Thomas, Jr., who died as an infant. In 1816, the Lincoln family moved to Indiana. Here, Lincoln's childhood was spent working on his father's farm, but he also deeply longed for an education. His mother died in 1818, and the following year, his father married a Kentucky widow named Sarah Bush Johnston. Fortunately, she was a very kind and nurturing mother to Lincoln. In 1830, the Lincolns once again moved, this time to Macon County, Illinois. In 1831, 22-year-old Abe Lincoln was hired by an Illinoisan businessman named Denton Offutt. His job was to take goods from Illinois to New Orleans, navigating on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. While in New Orleans, he witnessed a slave auction, which undoubtedly left a...