Abraham was raised on hard farm work and hunting. He grew strong and very tall. He was "in height, six feet, four inches, nearly weighing, on an average, one hundred and eighty pounds;
he had black hair, gray eyes.aE To support the poor family, Thomas Lincoln kept Abraham busy at farm work until Abraham was twenty-two years old.
In the year of 1830, the Lincolns decided to leave the state of Indiana, because they hoped of a better future and moved to the state of Illinois. Abraham settled in the town of New Salem, Illinois, where he began his education by studying English grammar, mathematics, and literature. Abraham Lincoln's desire to learn and his honesty impressed the people that soon he come to social and political reputation. He did several jobs to support himself; ferryman, rail-splitter, store clerk and store-owner, captain of militia in the Black Hawk war, and postmaster. Just two years after he was in New Salem, the twenty-five year old Abraham was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1834. In addition, he was reelected in 1836, 1838, and 1840. Abraham's greatest achievement in the legislature was to br