This chapter focuses on the political career and legal practice of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s political career began in 1832 with an unsuccessful run for one of his Sangamon County district’s four seats in the Illinois House of Representatives. Two years later, he won a seat with 1,376 votes and a second-place finish. At twenty-five, he was the second-youngest member of the state legislature. Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives on August 3, 1846, but was not scheduled to take his seat until December 1847, when the Thirtieth Congress convened for its initial session. This delay permitted him to devote fifteen months to his other vocation, practicing law. The year 1847 was a busy one for Lincoln the lawyer. His fee book shows that he participated in more than a hundred cases that year.
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