1 Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He had a brother named Thomas who died when he was a baby and a sister named Sarah who died when she was 20 years old. Sadly, his mother, Nancy, died on October 5, 1818.
2 As a young boy, he learned to work very hard. When he was eight years old, he helped his father, Thomas, build a new log cabin. He did not go to school long because he had to help his father work on the farm. But Abraham wanted an education, so he taught himself how to read and write. His stepmother, Sarah, encouraged Lincoln to read as much as he could. He loved to read so much that he would walk for miles to borrow books from friends and neighbors. By the time he was seventeen, Abe knew he wanted to be a lawyer. He was always fair and honest.
3 He went on to become our sixteenth president. He was a great president and achieved many things. One of the most important was helping to end slavery.