Abraham Lincoln was a Virginia militia captain when the American colonies declared the world’s independence. He was married and was blessed with five children; it was not long until Abraham was shot dead by an Indian while he was tilling a land with his three sons. Morcedai, his son, however, managed to kill the Indian man. His other son Thomas at the age of 19 also worked in the state militia and soon became a constable. He married Nancy when he was 28 and Nancy was 22 years. Together they managed to buy land and became successful in their activities (Carl 53).
He was also blessed with three children but one of them who was the third born died. He worked hard and was appointed as a road surveyor; this was because he was always paying his debts. He however, later migrated and his neighbors Tom and Betsy sparrow came along to meet them and they suffered from ‘milk sick’ in 1817 and died. After one year, Tom Lincoln’s wife Nancy also died at the age of 34. Tom however, re-married later in 1819 (Carl 49).
At 18, Abe, Tom Lincoln’s son named after his grandfather was a strong man who could work all day in the farms, he could clear the lands alone all day and was considered the strongest man ever. At this time, he had dropped his education but he had a lot of knowledge in writing and most people depended on him especially in letter writing. He together with his friends built a boat and ferried cargo to New Orleans (Carl 65). He contested for a seat as a legislator but he lost, he was appointed as a postmaster and was able to access all the newspapers hence updated on political trends. He vied for the second time and won; he was a good lawyer and was given law books by Kentucky.
Speed, Lincoln’s friend married Fanny whom he was thought not to be in love, Lincoln as his mentor, encouraged him and they were able to cope with one another and their marriage became a success within a month (Carl 43). Abe Lincoln contested for congress and worked there until he went back to Springfield. There were serious issues about slavery in America and Lincoln did his best to bring people together in order to ensure unity in the states especially when he was elected the president against Douglas although some wrote to him to resign and even refused to be sworn in Washington.
Carl Sandburg. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and the War Years. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002. Print.