Representative of the common man, Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin in the frontier of Kentucky in 1809. He was a self-educated man who earned a license to practice law in 1836. He became a well respected Illinois lawyer, known for his honesty and prowess as a litigator and public speaker. In 1842, he married Mary Todd with whom he would have four sons. Lincoln had a deep sense of duty to his country that destined him for politics. He served four terms in the Illinois State Legislature and was elected to Congress in 1846. In 1860, he was elected sixteenth president of the United States. This tall, gentle man believed passionately in liberty for all men and fought to unite the nation under this guiding principle.