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Teaching with Lincoln


 

 

Lincoln's Professional Life Timeline

1832 1834 1849 1858 1860 1861 1862 1863 1865
Served in 
Blackhawk
War
Served in 
Illinois 
House of
Representatives
Received
Patent
Lincoln
-Douglas
Debates

Elected
President
First
Inauguration
Emancipation
Proclamation
Gettysburg
Address
Second
Inauguration
& Assassination

1832 - Abraham Lincoln serves in the Blackhawk War

Lincoln joined a volunteer company at the outbreak of the Blackhawk War. He was elected Captain of the
Volunteers, this could be said to be Lincoln's first campaign and election. He served three months but did
not participate in any battles. Lincoln described his experience as a Captain in the Blackhawk War as "a
success which gave me more pleasure than any I have had since."

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