Early home of the President of the United States, Elizabeth Town, Kentucky - from a photograph by S. Alschuler, Chicago, 1860. 'The father of Abraham Lincoln was thrown upon his own resources while yet a child. Travelling from place to place, working wherever he could find employment, he grew up literally without education. He finally settled in Hardin County, Kentucky, where, in 1806, he was married to Nancy Hanks. The fruits of this union were a daughter and two sons. One of the latter died in infancy; the daughter died later in life. Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. It would be difficult to conceive of more unpromising circumstances than those under which he was ushered into life. His parents were poor and uneducated. They were under the social ban which slavery always entails upon poverty; and their habitation was in harmony with their broken fortunes'. From "Illustrated London News", 1860.
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