Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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September 9th
Lincoln’s Bumpy Road
On September 9, 1836, Abraham Lincoln earned his license to practice law in Illinois – a sweet victory for a prairie lad with less than a year of formal education. Like all others, Lincoln’s life was bumpy with both successes and setbacks. “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end,” he said.

1832 Elected captain of an Illinois militia company
1832 Defeated for state legislature
1833 Failed in business
1833 Appointed postmaster of New Salem, Illinois
1834 Elected to state legislature
1835 Sweetheart died
1836 Received license to practice law in Illinois
1838 Defeated for Speaker of the Illinois House
1841 Suffered deep depression
1842 Married Mary Todd
1844 Established his own law practice
1846 Elected to U.S. Congress
1849 Failed to get appointment to U.S. Land Office
1850 Four-year-old son died
1855 Defeated for U.S. Senate
1857 Earned large attorney fee in a successful case
1858 Again defeated for Senate
1860 ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
American History Parade
1776
The Second Continental Congress makes official the term “United States.”

1850
California becomes the thirty-first state.

1893
Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland, gives birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House.

1956
Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1957
President Eisenhower signs the first civil rights law since Reconstruction.
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