Abraham Lincoln Timeline

1809: Born on February 12 in Hogdenville, Kentucky. His humble home was a one room cabin.

1812: Lincoln's brother Thomas dies in infancy.

1817: The Lincoln family settles in Perry County, Indiana.

1818: His mother, Nancy, passes away.

1819: His father marries again.

1830: The Lincoln family move to Illinois.

First political speech for Abraham in favor of improving navigation on the Sangamon River.

1831: Lincoln settles in New Salem, Illinois working as a clerk in the village store.

1832: Lincoln becomes a candidate for Illinois General Assembly but would lose. 

The Black Hawk War commences and Lincoln enlists, showing his courage at an early age.

Abraham along with a partner, purchase a village store in New Salem.

1833: The store fails and leaves the partners in debt.

Lincoln is appointed Postmaster of New Salem.

Lincoln is appointed Deputy County Surveyor.

1834: Lincoln is elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

Lincoln starts to study law.

1835: Lincoln's business partner dies and his debt increases.

He becomes leader of the Whig Party.

1836: Re-elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

Lincoln receives his law license

1838: Re-elected to Illinois State Legislature for 3rd term

1840: Re-elected to Illinois State Legislature for 4th term

1842: Marries Mary Todd in the Episcopalian Service in Springfield.

1843: Eldest son Robert Todd born.

1844: Lincoln buys frame house in Springfield.

1846: Second son Edward Baker is born.

Elected to U.S. Congress as Whig Representative from Illinois.

1847: Lincoln moves his family to a boarding house in Washington D.C.

Presents resolutions to President Polk about U.S. hostilities with Mexico.

1848: Gives a speech against war policy regarding Mexico.

1849: Leaves politics to practice law in Springfield.

1850: Lincoln's second son, Edward Baker, dies after an illness of almost 2 months. 

Lincoln's third son, William Wallace, is born.

1851: Lincoln's father Thomas dies in Illinois at the age of 73.

1853: Lincoln's fourth son, Thomas (Tad), is born. 

1855: Fails in his quest to become a US Senator.

1860: Gives speech on slavery in New Haven, Connecticut.

Nominated to be Republican candidate for president of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th President of the United States.

1861: Delivers his first inaugural address.

1863: Gives infamous Gettysburg Address. Senator Charles Sumner referred to the speech during the President's eulogy two years later stating "The world noted at once what he said, and will never cease to remember it. The battle itself was less important than the speech." 

1865: Lincoln approves resolution submitting Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, to the states. 

A kidnap plot by John Wilkes Booth fails when Lincoln fails to arrive as expected at the Soldiers Home.

General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

On April 14, President Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin" . During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth enters the theatre and shoots the president in the head at approximately 10:13 p.m.

President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 in the morning of April 15. Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.

John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.

Abraham Lincoln is buried on May 4 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.


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