A biography refers to a piece of written information that entails the story of someone’s’ life. It can also be defined as an account of a person’s life that another person usually writes. An excellent example of biography is Lincoln, an American, and his fantastic life story continues to have a special plea to many people across the world. Lincoln was born in 1809, on 12th February, near a place called Hodgenville in U.S. (Kaplan, 2008, pg87). Lincoln’s family moved to Southwestern Indiana when he was at the age of 7 years, and he grew up at the borderline. Although he had little formal education, Lincoln could read avidly in his free time, mostly when he was not on his father’s farm. His urge to read books late in the night made one of his childhood friends call him an intellect. Lincoln accompanied an overloaded boat down river Mississippi to the great town of New Orleans and walked back home. In two years, the father to the latter moved, together with his family to Illinois due to financial constraints and fear of health issues. At the age of 21, Lincoln was just about to begin life on his own. At this age, he was strong and skilled as well as good-natured though somehow moody. The latter was also talented and promising in storytelling. Lincoln’s charming character enticed friends. After his family settling in Illinois at New Salem, a village along river Sangamon, he often worked as a surveyor, a storekeeper, and later as a co-owner of the store after serving as a volunteer sometimes. Lincoln stated that he did not see the need to continue fighting the Indians, and therefore he aspired to be a policymaker. His first attempt did not turn up well, as he was defeated, but he was repeatedly re-elected to serve at the states’ assembly. However, Lincoln had now grasped and understood mathematics and grammar and began to study law books after a short blacksmith trading period. Lincoln began to practice law, for he had passed an examination in 1836.
Besides, the young lawyer, Lincoln, moved to Springfield, the state capital, and got more law career opportunities ( Donald, 2011, pg176). Lincoln worked as a lawyer in partnership with other lawyers and progressively kept records in their law career. The salary he received made him work harder; he kept himself busy with following the court in its proceedings. He also would travel around the region, from one sparsely populated to another, although most of the cases he handled were less complicated, hence a small amount of pay. Latter, Lincoln got married. His wife was named Todd, who was educated. They had four children who were all boys. He had comprehensive knowledge about the scripture, and in his early life in marriage, they had conflicts just as it happened to other married couples.
Also, together with his wife, Lincoln was committed to attending Presbyterian services in Washington and Springfield, although he never attended church. Lincoln once complained about church influence and believed in dreams and the human mind being provoked to action from his suspicious and open-minded character.
Additionally, Lincoln engaged himself in politics. He first entered into politics when Jackson was the president. Lincoln served one term in Congress and joined the Republican Party. A series of debates held in 1856 about slavery in the U.S. faked him as a famous national politician (Goodwin, 2009, pg97). He advocated for antislavery, and as a result, he ended up being unpopular to the southern citizens. The southerners got furious about his nomination for the presidency in 1860, and without them, he won the presidential election on 6th November the same year. In 1961, the retreats of the early 1830s took a severe new direction as the election of 1860 was one of the factors that contributed to the arousal of civil war. He chose to take responsibility as a president by fighting the southerners for the sake of preserving the nation. Throughout the war period, Lincoln diligently practiced his presidential authority by organizing strategic plans, testing of weapons, and random promotion and demotion of generals in his armies (Lincoln, 2011, pg127)
Later, in 1864, Lincoln vied for the presidency for the second time, although he was in fear that he wouldn’t win. He was re-elected, and he made a speech in his second inauguration that advocated for peace amongst all citizens and charity for all citizens. Lincolns’ strategic plans and policies effectively ended the civil war. However, Lincolns’ death was in the form of assassination. An allied supporter shot Lincoln, and he died the following day (Edwards, 2010, pg56).
Generally, the life story of Lincoln is appealing and, at the same time, hearty. His early life as a child and his family background is a good example that can be depicted in many people globally. Lincolns’ struggle to acquire knowledge and persistence in politics illustrates the fruits of hard work. From a personal point of view, the latter’s service towards justice to all humans did not deserve an assassination, and his spirit in leadership should be envied by leaders all over the world.
Donald, D. H. (2011). Lincoln. Simon and Schuster.
Edwards, W. C., & Steers, E. (Eds.). (2010). The Lincoln Assassination: The Evidence. University of Illinois Press.
Goodwin, D. K. (2009). Team of rivals: The political genius of Abraham Lincoln. Penguin U.K.
Kaplan, F. (2008). Lincoln: the biography of a writer. Brilliance Audio.
Lincoln, A. (2011). Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Leadership, Responsibility, and Power. Skyhorse Publishing Inc.