What Are Some Key Events in Abraham Lincoln's Life?

Some of the key events in Abraham Lincoln's life include the day he was born, the first time he was elected to office, the day he received his law license, the day he was inaugurated President of the United States and the day he was assassinated. Other notable events were the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and his second inauguration.

Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809, in Kentucky. On Aug. 4, 1834, he won the election for the Illinois General Assembly after his second time running for that office. The same year, Lincoln began his law studies, and he received his law license in 1836. He continued to serve in the Illinois General Assembly while also practicing law for several years, and he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1846. He served in that position from 1847 to 1849.

On Nov. 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States, and he was inaugurated on March 4, 1861. In 1862, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and was scheduled to be effective on the first day of 1863. Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863. Abraham Lincoln was reelected in 1864 and was inaugurated for a second time in 1865. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth, and he died the next day.