25 Facts About Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln was America's 16th president, elected in 1860.  He is best known for his desire to abolish slavery and for his Emancipation Proclamation.  He is one of the presidents that are celebrated during President's Day each year.  But, do you know other facts about the man and his life?  Following are facts about Abraham Lincoln:

  1. Lincoln's face appears on the penny and the five dollar bill.
  2. There is a Memorial in Washington where a statue of Lincoln appears
  3. Lincoln's sculpture is on Mount Rushmore
  4. There are historical Lincoln sites to visit in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois
  5. He was born on February 12, 1809 to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln.
  6. He was the second child born in his family.
  7. He was born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky.
  8. The toy Lincoln Logs derived their name from Abraham Lincoln's birthplace.
  9. He was raised in a poor family on what was then the western frontier.
  10. Lincoln never joined a church when he became of age, but he was raised in a Kentucky Baptist church which had extremely high moral beliefs about alcohol, dancing and slavery.
  11. He did not receive much formal education.  He was mostly self-educated as he loved to read. He received a formal education for just 18 months from several teachers. He taught himself law by reading Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England and other books.
  12. He did not like to hunt or fish because he had an aversion to killing animals.
  13. He is known for his Gettysburg Address of 1863 which was criticized at the time for its brevity, but has become one of the most quoted speeches in history.
  14. Though not his first love, Lincoln married Mary Todd on November 4, 1842. Mary Todd was from a wealthy family who owned slaves. His first love was a woman named Ann Rutledge who is believed to have died from typhoid fever shortly before making an engagement official with Abe.
  15. Lincoln was the father of Robert Todd Lincoln (1843); Edward Baker Lincoln (1846), William Wallace Lincoln (1850) and Thomas “Tad” Lincoln (1853).
  16. Three of his four children died during childhood.  Edward died on February 1, 1850, believed to be from tuberculosis. William died at the age of 11 after suffering a fever. Tad died at the age of 18 on July 16, 1871. Robert was the only child to live into adulthood, that being past the age of 18.
  17. Lincoln was thought to suffer from depression possibly brought on by the loss of his sons.
  18. Lincoln stood 6 foot 4 inches tall.
  19. in 1864, John Wilkes Booth, shot and killed the president in Ford's Theatre.
  20. Before his assassination, he is said to have had a dream that the president had died and there was much weeping in the White House.
  21. He lived to see his 56th birthday. Two months later, he was shot and killed on April 15, 1865.
  22. He led the country through the American Civil War. He preserved the Union by force and ended slavery. He promoted economic modernization.
  23. He was an outspoken opponent of slavery.
  24. He issued his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
  25. He promoted the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery.


john doe
Posted on Mar 20, 2011
Jerry Walch
Posted on Feb 12, 2011