What did Abraham Lincoln do before coming to office?
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.