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I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families. I made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. As President, I built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, I rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, I issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. Then I had a nice long scratch and went to sleep.

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First registered on August 28, 2004 .