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Before He Became President

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States, serving from March 1861 .
Before He Became President

Lincoln served on the Illinois State Legislature for several terms. During that time he studied the law and began to work as a lawyer. He ran for the U.S. Congress in 1845. He won the election and served as a congressman for one term. After serving as congressman he continued to work as a lawyer. Later, Lincoln ran for the U.S. Senate, he did not win but he did gain national recognition for his arguments against slavery during the debates.In 1860, Lincoln ran for President of the United States. He was a member of the fairly new Republican party which strongly opposed allowing any of the southern states to secede (leave the country). The republicans were also against slavery. They said they would allow for slavery to continue in the southern states, but that it would not be allowed to spread to new U.S. states or territories.


A Constitutional Moral or Local Issue
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Taking Political Risks
Political Ambitions
The Civil War Ends
Elected President
The Emancipation Proclamation
Limited Racial Equality
Reelection in 1864
Before He Became President
Gettysburg Address
Law Career
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