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Abraham Lincoln timeline storyboard & Rise to the Presidency Timeline

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  • WINS HOUSE SEAT IN ILLINOIS
  • My first political position!
  • TIMELINE: LINCOLN'S RISE TO THE PRESIDENCY
  • SPEECH AGAINST SLAVERY
  • Slavery is inherently immoral!
  • Emerging on the political scene, Lincoln, a well-known lawyer, wins his first political position in the Illinois House of Representatives. Lincoln will hold the seat for years to come, launching himself into the political arena.
  • In 1837, as the debate over slavery and its extension continues to heat up, Lincoln officially and publicly declares his anti-slavery sentiments. He is publicly opposed to its extension across the nation into new territories.
  • WINS U.S. HOUSE SEAT
  • House of Representatives
  • Lincoln breaks into the national political scene by winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. It will be his first and only term served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • HOUSE DIVIDED SPEECH
  • LOSES U.S. SENATE BID
  • Is it back to farming for me?
  • A House divided cannot stand!
  • Lincoln decides to run for the U.S. Senate instead, giving up his bid for reelection to the House. However, a state legislature chooses Lyman Trumbull instead, effectively pushing Lincoln out of the political picture...for the moment.
  • As part of his seven debate series with Stephen Douglas in their race for a senatorial position, Lincoln delivers his famous "House Divided" speech, remarking on the inability of a country to remain half slave, half free. It is the foundation of his ideologies.
  • LOSES TO DOUGLAS
  • After a series of debates with Stephen Douglas, Lincoln wins the Senatorial popular vote for U.S. Senator, but still loses the election to Douglas. Despite this, his political race has made him a key candidate for the newly-formed Republican party.
  • WINS PRESIDENCY
  • 16th PRESIDENT ELECT
  • After winning the Republican nomination for president, Lincoln goes on to tour the country, and gains support. In a four-way presidential race, Lincoln emerges victorious, and is inaugurated as the nation's 16th president in March of 1861.
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