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Ten score and nine years ago, a child was born who would change the course of history. Born Feb. 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln grew up to become an American hero. Through his years leading the nation, he earned himself a spot on the side of South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore and a memorial in Washington, D.C. Lincoln is forever a part of United States history and his essential role in the emancipation of slaves across the states makes him a figure that all should get to know better.

You may know about his more notable achievements during the Civil War, but the man we call “Honest Abe” was a fascinating specimen with a colorful past. Beyond his assassination and the death of his son, Willie Lincoln, Abe’s life was speckled with notable moments that deserve attention and recognition.

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