February 12: Abraham Lincoln is born in Nolin Creek in Kentucky. His humble home was a one room log cabin
The Lincoln family move to a 230 acre farm near Sinking Spring.
December: The Lincoln family move to Indiana.
February: Legend states that Abraham shot a wild turkey but hated the experience and never hunted again.
October 5: The death of his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln
December 2: Thomas Lincoln marries a widow, Sarah Bush Johnston who becomes stepmother to Abraham Lincoln
March: The Lincoln family move to Illinois
Abe settles in New Salem, Illinois working as a clerk in the village store
March: Abe becomes a candidate for Illinois General Assembly
The store fails and leaves the partners in debt
August 4: Lincoln is elected to the Illinois General Assembly
January: The death of William Berry and Abe's debt increases to $1000
August 1: Re-elected to the Illinois General Assembly
April 15: Moves Springfield
August 6: Re-elected to the Illinois General Assembly
Practises as a lawyer on the 8th Judicial Circuit in Illinois
June: Abe presents his first case before the Illinois Supreme Court
January 1: Abe breaks off his engagement to Mary Todd
Abe resumes his courtship with Mary Todd
Abe fails to get Whig nomination for U.S. Congress
December: Abe sets up his own law practice and dissolves partnership with Logan
March 10: Edward Baker Lincoln is born
The Lincoln family moves to a boarding house in Washington, D.C.
January 22: Gives a speech against war policy regarding Mexico
March 31: Abe leaves politics to practice law in Springfield
February 1: The death of Edward Baker Lincoln
April 4: Thomas (Tad) Lincoln is born.
Abe is elected to Illinois legislature but declines the seat in an attempt to become a U.S. Senator.
Fails in his quest to become a U.S. Senator.
May 29: Assists in the formation of the new Republican party of Illinois
June 26: Speech against the Dred Scott decision which ruled that Dred Scott must remain a slave
June 16: Nominated as Republican senator from Illinois to oppose the Democrat Stephen A. Douglas.
Illinois legislature choose Democrat Stephen A. Douglas for the U.S. Senate defeating Lincoln
March 6: Speech on slavery in New Haven, Connecticut
February 11: Leaves Springfield for Washington
March 17: A kidnap plot by John Wilkes Booth fails when Lincoln fails to arrive as expected at the Soldiers Home
Abraham Lincoln Timeline
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