Appendix 3: Timeline


12 February 1809 – Abraham Lincoln is born in Kentucky to parents Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.


The Lincoln family moves to Indiana.


Lincoln’s mother dies.


Thomas Lincoln travels to Kentucky to marry Sarah Bush Johnston, who, along with her children, accompanies her new husband back to Indiana.


Lincoln accepts a job building a flatboat to carry cargo down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans.


The Lincoln family moves once again, this time to Illinois.


Lincoln is offered a job as a clerk in charge of Offutt’s store and mill in New Salem, Illinois.


A treaty dispute leads to the formation of a militia company in New Salem. Abraham Lincoln is elected their captain and receives his first experience of being elected to office.

Lincoln announces his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly and begins ‘stumping’.


Lincoln meets Major John Todd Stuart following their election to the Illinois State Legislature. Stuart offers to lend his law books to Lincoln.


Lincoln earns his law licence.

Lincoln is re-elected to state legislature.


Lincoln moves to Springfield, Illinois, to join Stuart in his law practice.


Lincoln is re-elected to state legislature.


Mary Ann Todd moves to Springfield, Illinois.


4 November 1842 – Abraham Lincoln and Mary Ann Todd are married.


Lincoln partners with William Herndon, one of his eventual biographers.


Congressman Stephen Douglas pushes through the Kansas-Nebraska Act, reversing the Missouri Compromise of 1820.

6 July 1854 – The first ever Republican convention is held.


Lincoln is nominated as the Republican candidate for Illinois for the Senate.

The Lincoln–Douglas Debates take place.


Lincoln runs for president.

Lincoln becomes the first Republican president of the United States.


February 1861 – Jefferson Davis becomes the first and last president of the Confederacy.

4 March 1861 – Lincoln is inaugurated.

12 April 1861 – The American Civil war begins.

13 April 1861 – Fort Sumter falls.

23 May 1861 – West Virginia splits from Virginia.

November 1861 – Lincoln loses General Winfield Scott’s counsel.


22 September – Lincoln passes the preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.


1–3 July 1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg.

19 November 1863 – Lincoln speaks at a dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg.


9 April 1865 – Generals Lee and Grant discuss the terms of surrender.

10 May 1865 – The American Civil War is declared over (the last shots are fired on 22 June).

14 April 1865 – Lincoln is fatally shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater.

15 April 1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies.

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