Born in a log cabin near Hodgensville, now Larue County, Ken. - Feb. 12, 1809.
His father moves with his family into the wilderness near Gentryville, Ind., 1816.
His mother dies at the age of 35 - 1818.
His father's second marriage - 1819.
Walks nine miles a day going to and returning from school - 1826.
Makes a trip to New Orleans and back at work on a flat boat - 1828.
Drives in an ox cart with his father and step - mother to a clearing on the Sangamon river, near Decatur, Ill.
Splits rails to surround the clearing with a fence - 1829.
Makes another flat - boat trip to New Orleans and back, on which trip he first sees negroes shackled together in
chains and forms his opinion concerning slavery - May, 1831.
Begins work in a store at New Salem, Ill. - August, 1831.
Enlists in the Black Hawk war; elected a captain of volunteers - 1832.
Announces himself a Whig candidate for the Legislature and is defeated - 1832.
Store keeper, postmaster and surveyor - 1833.
Elected to the Illinois Legislature - 1834.
Re - elected to the Legislature - 1835 to 1842.
Studies law at Springfield - 1837.
Is a presidential elector on the Whig National ticket - 1840.
Marries Mary Todd - November 4, 1842.
Canvasses Illinois for Henry Clay - 1844.
Elected to Congress - 1846.
Supports General Taylor for President - 1848.
Engages in law practice - 1849 - 1854.
Debates with Douglas at Peoria and Springfield - 1855.
Aids in organizing the Republican party - 1855 - 1856.
Joint debates in Illinois with Stephen A. Douglas - 1858.
Makes political speeches in Ohio - 1859.
Visits New York and speaks at Cooper Union - February, 1860.
Attends Republican State Convention at Decatur; declared to be the choice of Illinois for the presidency - May,
Nominated at Chicago as the Republican candidate for president - May 16, 1860.
Elected President over Stephen A. Douglas, J. C. Breckenridge and John Bell - November, 1860.
Inaugurated President March 4, 1861.
Issues first order for troops to put down the Rebellion - April 15, 1861.
Urges McClellan to advance - April, 1862.
Appeals for the support of border states for the Union cause - March to July, 1862.
Calls for 300,000 more troops - July, 1862.
Issues Emancipation Proclamation - Jan. 1, 1863.
Thanks Grant for capture of Vicksburg - July, 1863.
His Address at Gettysburg - Nov. 19, 1863.
Calls for 500,000 volunteers - July, 1864.
Re - nominated and re - elected President - 1864.
Thanks Sherman for capture of Atlanta - September, 1864.
His second inauguration - March 4, 1865.
Assassinated - April 14, 1865.
[Source: "Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction,
By North Dakota. Dept. of Public Instruction", Published by Dept. of Public Instruction, 1906.]
Submitted by Cathy Danielson