The death of their children really affected them and as a result Mary got to develop stress and was sent to a mental health asylum while Lincoln suffered from clinical depression.He first won elections to America House of Representatives and he served his term from 1847. When he was a congressman he was unpopular with the voters of Illinois because of his strong stand against the war between Mexico and The United states. He vowed not to do politics again and promised that he would not seek re-election and he returned to spring field in 1849. When the leading democrat in the congress pushed for the approval of the Nebraska act which stated that voters in every domain or territory are the ones who had the powers and right to decide if they should have slaves or not and not the Federal government (Freedman 26). He was so happy with this idea and as result in October 1854 he went before crowds in Peoria and used the opportunities to denounce slavery as he considered it as a violation of basic rights of the citizens with regard to the Declaration of Independence.He joined Republican Party which was formed as a result of its strong fight against slavery and in 1858 he ran for the senate seat through the party though he had failed to win the same position in 1855. It was in the same year that he gave his famous speech where he quoted the bible in a series of Debates against Douglas. He did not win the election but the debates made him popular in the nation. He gained more reputation after he gave his speech at the Coopers Union in New York. As A Result May the same Year he. ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
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