Abraham Lincoln professional life and road to presidency
was a lawyer, he worked as a rail splitter, a ferry captain, a clerk, a
postmaster and a soldier in the army. At the age of 25 he was elected to the
Illinois legislature in Springfield. While he was there he taught himself law
and opened up a law practice. He served one term in the US House of
Representatives between the years 1847-1849. During this time he earned the
nickname Honest Abe.
After his term as representative, Lincoln ran for
senate but was unsuccessful. He ran again two years later against Stephan A.
Douglas but lost the election. In a series of debates with Douglas, Lincoln
gained a reputation as a skilled and passionate speaker.
In 1860 Abe
entered the Presidential election. Abe was not favored to win the republican
Presidential nomination because the south did not agree with his view on
slavery. Abe was finally chosen as his party’s nominee with Hannibal Hamlin as
his running mate. Abe was elected the 16th president on November 6th 1860 after
defeating Douglas, John Bell and John C. Breckridge. He was able to win because
voters in the north voted for him while southern voters split their votes
between all four candidates. In February 1861 Lincoln and his wife Mary got on
a train for Washington D.C. President Lincoln was sworn in on March 4th 1861.