Lead: Few Americans have excited the nation's admiration and respect as Abraham Lincoln. He also could be a very practical man.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Almost from the beginning of his career as a prairie lawyer, Abraham Lincoln was a success. Born in Kentucky in 1809, he migrated with his family to Indiana and then to Illinois. His self-education is the stuff of legend and he played with various occupations until settling on the practice of law. In 1836 he was sufficiently prepared to pass the bar and began his practice, first in New Salem then Springfield. He worked hard, followed the judges on their circuits, and soon was making a handy living. More than the judges, more than the Governor of the state.

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