In addition to his part-time service in the Illinois legislature and his service in the U.S. Congress, Lincoln was a full-time lawyer for twenty-three years. He taught himself the law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1837. He moved to Springfield, Illinois, and became a general practice attorney who represented clients in a variety of civil and criminal actions. By the mid-1850s, Lincoln had become one of the most highly respected and successful trial lawyers in the state.
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