Lead: Elected as a Whig to the Illinois’ legislature, Abraham Lincoln served four terms before retiring to strengthen his law practice and begin raising a family. He had his sights, however, on higher office.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: While he was firmly addicted to politics, by the early 1840s Lincoln had married Mary Todd, a socially prominent and gregarious, banker’s daughter. The object of many suitors, Mary lived with her sister and chose the reticent Lincoln after an off-and-on courtship. They were married in 1842 and in his wife Lincoln found the prod to his already aroused political ambitions.

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