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What did Abraham Lincoln do before coming to office?

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2010-06-19 16:04:28

As a young man, Lincoln had jobs, which consisted of manual

labor. He was a railsplitter, and a Flatboatman. When he moved to

New Salem, Illinois where he held jobs as storekeeper, postmaster,

and surveyor. He then ran and lost, then ran again for state

assembly in Illinois, won, and was reelected, several times. He

then began to study law, and in 1836, at age 25, he passed the bar

and was licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.

In 1837, Lincoln became a Circuit Lawyer, and travelled

throughout Illinois, practicing law. In 1844, he formed a Private

Law practice with a partner, William Herndon, and Illinois ablest


In 1847, he was elected to the US House of Representatives, for

one single term, and became known for both his opposition to the

Mexican War and the institution of slavery. In 1856, he switched

Political parties, and ran for the US Senate as a Republican,

against Stephen Douglas; Lincoln lost to Douglas.

In 1860, he was nominated for the US Presidency, won, and sworn

in as the 16th president, on March 4, 1861.

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