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Lincoln the Politician
Of the many vocations that Abraham Lincoln tried in his life, the longest and most successful was certainly his career as a politician. Beginning in 1832, Lincoln launched his first campaign for public office, running for the Illinois Legislature. He was unsuccessful in this initial endeavor, but two years later he tried again and was elected. He was re-elected three more times. In 1846 he won election to represent his part of Illinois as a Congressman in Washington, D.C. After this single term, he returned to Springfield to focus on his law practice. Despite not holding office during the decade of 1850 to 1860, he played a pivotal role in developing and nurturing the newly founded Republican Party, and in 1861 he took office as the first president from the Republican Party.
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