A Brief Biography of Abraham Lincoln, Plus his Horoscope

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We take a look at the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, and glance at his horoscope as well.

His early life

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Kentucky, the son of Thomas Lincoln, a farmer and carpenter, and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died in 1818 when Abe was just nine years old. He had an older sister, Sarah, who died shortly after reaching adulthood, and a younger brother, Thomas, who died in infancy.

As a youth, Lincoln grew fond of public speaking, and he took to climbing atop tree trunks in his hometown of Gentryville, Kentucky to tell jokes and make speeches. Townsfolk would gather around to hear him and marvel at his wit and oratorical skills. Lincoln would follow politicians around to hear them speak, and he became very interested in becoming a lawyer one day. Before he passed the bar, however, he tried his hand at a number of professions, among them flat boatman, rail splitter, storekeeper, and surveyor.

Becoming a lawyer, entering politics

Lincoln became a lawyer in 1831, when he was 22 years old. He gained quick success as a barrister, but he had only a mild success in politics. He served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1834 to 1841, after he had moved to Springfield. In 1946 he won a seat in Congress, pledging to serve only one term.. Good to his word, he returned to Springfield and forged a career as a highly paid litigator.

According to astro.com...."During the 1830s and 1840s the issue of slavery was being hotly debated. Lincoln was opposed to the expansion of slavery into America's new western territories but was willing to let it continue in the South. He began thinking and speaking about this issue and in 1856, joined the Republican Party, a new party which had absorbed part of the Whig Party, where he was talked up as a possible vice-presidential candidate."

Marriage

Lincoln's first love was Ann Rutledge, but their engagement was broken off after only a year. He then became engaged to Mary Owens, but she broke it off after two years, and Lincoln pluged into a deep depression. In fact, all his life Lincoln was subjected to severe mood swings and periods of protracted depression.

When he was 30, he met Mary Todd, then 21, at a dance in Springfield. This was a case of opposite attraction if ever there was one. Lincoln was tall and thin, Mary was short and plump. He was a man of simple tastes and hers were extravagant. He always fought to keep his emotions well under control, and she had a quick and volatile temper.. They were both interested in poetry and politics, however, and they were soon engaged. The engagement was rocky and Lincoln broke it off in early 1841. In the Summer of 1842, they got back together and they were married in November of that year. They were to have four sons, Robert, who became a successful lawyer, politician, and chairman of the board of the Pullman Company, dying at the age of 82 in 1926; Edward, who died at three from tuberculosis; William, who died at eleven; and Thomas (Tad), who died from tuberculosis at eighteen.

After Willie's death Mary began spending wildly, shouting at servants, and crying hysterically in the corridors of the White House. After Lincoln was assassinated she took to her bed for forty days and wore black for the rest of her life. In her last years she took to drinking an opium elixer while, according to astro.com..."endlessly packing and unpacking her 64 trunks of clothing. She died in Springfield in 1882, completely insane."

The Lincoln - Douglas Debates

Abraham Lincoln ran for the United States Senate in 1858 against Stephen Douglas, and the two held a series of debates during the campaign, which drew thousands of people. From coast to coast, their debates were covered by newspapers and magazines. While Douglas won the close election, Lincoln had by now become a household name all over America, and in the spring of 1860, the Republican Party nominated him to run for President at their convention in Chicago.

Southern secession, the Civil War

Lincoln won the election of 1860, of course, and southern states immediately began to secede from the union, forming the Confederate States of America.

It is not the purpose of this article to relate a history of the Civil War, which could fill volumes. Lincoln became exasperated with General George McClellan, who was always loathe to enter any battle, and the war did not go well for the North until Lincoln replaced him with Ulysses S. Grant.

In 1863 Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, decreeing that all slaves are heretofore free and independent citizens of the United States.

The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, over 15,000 people gathered to dedicate the cemetary at Gettysburg, Pennsylavania, where lay the remains of over 7500 Civil War dead. Edward Everett gave the oration, talking for over two hours, a speech that consisting of 13,670 words. When he was finished he was given a rousing ovation. Then Lincoln rose and gave a few remarks - ten sentences in all, 271 words long:

"Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense - we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of their devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth
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Ending his address, Lincoln sat down, and the audience, startled at the brevity of his speech, gave him only a smattering of applause.

Assassination

Lincoln won a second term overwhelmingly, and with the end of the Civil War just behind him he and Mary attended a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D. C. on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. His bodyguard for the evening left during intermission to have a drink with a friend at a hotel bar, and that is when John Wilkes Booth, the flamboyant, bitterly racist son of a prominent theatrical family, stole into Lincoln's box and fired a shot into his head at point-blank range. Booth then jumped to the stage, breaking his ankle, and hobbled into the night. Abraham Lincoln died twenty-four hours later. A mourner was to remark, "Jesus Christ died for our sins on this day. Abraham Lincoln died for his country." Union soldiers caught up with John Wilkes Booth ten days later at a farm thirty miles south of the capital and shot him to death.

His horoscope

Abraham Lincoln was born within a minute or two of sunrise, making him a 'double Aquarius'. With both his Sun and Moon in the sign of the water bearer, Lincoln was a firm believer in equality and freedom for all. This conjunction also indicates that he would break with tradition and blaze a progressive trail.

The conjunction of Mercury and Pluto in his first house not only reveals a deep and profound (Pluto) intelligence (Mercury), but it also marked his great oratorical skill.

Lincoln's Moon in Capricorn in his twelfth house accounts for his deep bouts with depression. The Moon in Capricorn is always at least somewhat moody, and in the twelfth house (the house of suffering) it is exceedingly so. This twelfth house Moon, however, also conferred upon him great compassion.

Mars in Libra always fights for social justice and for what is fair and equitable. Its position in the eighth house of death, however, reveals the violent (Mars) manner of his death.

The Saturn-mid-heaven conjunction (public image) shows that he was destined to reach the top of his chosen profession, and the Neptune-mid-heaven conjunction shows that he would attain a mythic (Neptune) status among his countrymen. He was able to bring into form (Saturn) his ideals (Neptune), particularly in the form of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Finally, Abraham Lincoln's Sun-ascendant conjunction is closely conjunct the Moon in the horoscope of the United States, revealing that his destiny was inextricably intertwined with the destiny of the nation.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Sep 2011 (#)

wonderful Steve...such a fascinating man and history...enjoyed reading this so much, thank you.

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author avatar Buzz
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Great bio of one of the greatest US presidents. Always loved his Gettysburg Address. Thanks for sharing, Steve. A well-deserved star page!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz. I appreciate that.

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author avatar M G Singh
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Excellent.I enjoyed it

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you, Steve. You held my attention all the way and then I was fascinated by Lincoln's horoscope.
Ivyevelyn

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Ivyevelyn, for suchj a supportive comment. Glad you enjoyed the article.

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Sep 2011 (#)

Very interesting horoscope study. i appreciate my brother Steve's interest in horoscopes. Thank you.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you dear brother, vpaulose. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Songbird B
1st Oct 2011 (#)

What a insightful horoscope and bio of a great man...Congrats on Star page Steve..\0/x

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Songbird.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
1st Oct 2011 (#)

great share Steve....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
1st Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you geeta.

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author avatar Retired
1st Oct 2011 (#)

well done, its always surprises me how well you can do all of this. you are awesome! well deserved star

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you for such a nice comment Rebecca. I really appreciate it.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
2nd Oct 2011 (#)

Wow, great work Steve.

I'm learning many new ideas from your presentations, you're an encyclopedia of horoscopes of the great people.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you Rathnashikamani. You flatter me.

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author avatar Humza
4th Oct 2011 (#)

wonderful write steve. Having read about the guy whose famous speech or I guess letter to his son that he wrote, my mum had given me years back written in an old print ad that was classic :)

All the good and sincere presidents have always been assassinated and the ones like BUSH still live ( no offences )

but that star page obviously very well deserved ;D

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Oct 2011 (#)

Yes, good men seem to be assassinated very frequently - Kennedy, M. L. King, Jr., Gandhi. Thank you Humza.

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author avatar Bets
6th Nov 2011 (#)

I must speak up and say this, that words to the effect of an assassination on a president whom I personally loved as a devoted president of our country, a devoted family man, and Christian, who stood up for his country, whom I've had the pleasure of composing a lengthy song for, sounds very degrading here at wikinut. After reading these comments I will see to it that my song is published and given a place in our world for Mr. Bush was beloved by many and wanted to protect the United States and not take away from it. No one is perfect so I would not neglect to say we have a standing president now who does seem to want to take our heritage away, at times, IE; our beloved Hymn of the Republic and wish to turn the "National Anthem of the United States of America" around to be something else. That alone is assassination on our beloved country; My United States of America. Please dear friends at Wikinut, please consider that before bashing President Bush to death at this site. Thank you for hearing and understanding my own feelings about the assissination section of these comments. Smiles, Bets

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Bets. I very much appreciate your commenting.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
4th Oct 2011 (#)

He always inspired me. gra page dear Steve.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
4th Oct 2011 (#)

that is great

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you deeps.

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author avatar juny
4th Oct 2011 (#)

Great article, thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you oballesansanso.

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author avatar LOVERME
5th Oct 2011 (#)

I can't post any poems and i am so glad i could get my views across to you for the first time after a long time
THANKS FOR READING ME STILL..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you for checking in, LOVERME. Nice to hear from you.

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author avatar Retired
6th Oct 2011 (#)

I love this series and this is a great addition. Thanks for sharing, Steve. Inspiring

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you rama devi. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Teila
7th Oct 2011 (#)

Very interesting, fun read.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Oct 2011 (#)

Thank you Teila. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Bets
6th Nov 2011 (#)

Yes, congrats on your star status on this page Steve.
Smiles, Bets

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Nov 2011 (#)

Thank you Bets. I appreciate that.

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