Presidential Comparison Essay

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Presidential Comparison
Abraham Lincoln:
Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. His parents were Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Abraham’s father was a pioneer. Abraham also has two other siblings which were his older sister Sarah and younger brother Thomas. Sad thing is that Abraham had lost his brother at a young age due to infancy. The Lincolns ended up having to move from Hardin County to Perry County, Indiana due to land disputes. Once the family moved that had to live in a “crude shelter” because they barely made it by. Then another death occurred which was the death of Abrahams mother Nancy. She died of Tremetol (milk sickness) when she was 34 and Abraham was nine years old. After that had happened Abraham was devastated. Abraham grew alienated from his father after the death of his mother. Shortly after all of this had happened Thomas had ended up getting remarried to a widow who lived in Kentucky named Sarah Bush Johnston, who had three kids of her own. She and Abraham bonded rather quickly. Sarah is the one who got Abraham into reading. It was while becoming a grown man is when Abraham had finally got a formal education. In 1847 to 1849 Abraham had served a single term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He wasn’t really fantastic in the House but, he didn’t serve that long for people to actually find out. He was the lone Whig. He showed favor in certain parties but had no allies at all. When he was in office he used that term to talk about war and supporting someone for president. The way he talked about the war made him unpopular back home which made him not run for another term. So, he went to Springfield to practice law. Lincoln served as a lobbyist for the Illinois Central Railroad as its company attorney. In 1860 people in Illinois organized a campaign to support Lincoln for the presidency. Lincolns nomination was in due part to his views on slavery, his support for improving the national infrastructure, and the protective tariff. Lincoln received not quite 40% of the popular vote, but carried 180 of 303 electoral votes. Abraham selected a strong cabinet composed of many of his political rivals such as William Seward, and Edward Bates. Before a major political battle that was supposed to take place between Republicans of the House and Senate, is when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. He was assassinated on April 14, 1865 by well known actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. After Lincoln was shot he was taken to a house and was in a coma for nine hours before he passed. His body lay in Washington until the funeral train to him to his final resting place in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln is regarded as one of America’s greatest heroes due to both his incredible impact on the nation and his unique appeal. His story shows what troubles he had to accomplish to get to where he is today.

Barack Obama: Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. His mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in Wichita, Kansas, where her father worked on oil rigs during the Great Depression. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dunham's father, Stanley, enlisted in the service and marched across Europe in Patton's army. Dunham's mother, Madelyn, went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, the couple studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program and, after several moves, landed in Hawaii. Barack Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., was born of Luo ethnicity in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Obama Sr. grew up herding goats in Africa, eventually earning a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams of college in Hawaii. While studying at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, Obama Sr. met fellow student Ann Dunham, and they married on February 2, 1961. Barack was born six months later. Obama did not have a relationship with his father as a child. When his son was still an infant…