The Life of Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial 1809-2009)
Let’s celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln!! Click here for the photos of Lincoln in Chicago. And also I am going to list some facts about him below.
–Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States
-Abraham Lincoln had no middle name
-Lincoln was the tallest president at 6 feet 4 inches
-He is the only president with a patent -NO. 6469- for a device used to lift boats over sandbars
-Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated
-Lincoln was assassinated on Good Friday
-Lincoln has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents
-He was the first Republican president
-Mary Todd, Lincoln’s widow, was declared insane in May 1875. Her bizarre behavior included being found with $50,000 sewn inside her coat
-The Gettysburg Address was a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and one of the most quoted speeches in United States history beginning with the now-iconic phrase “Four score and seven years ago…”
– Abraham Lincoln issued The Emancipation Proclamation during the American Civil War that freed the slaves
-Lincoln had been a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate.
Lincoln’s timeline throughout his lifetime. (excerpted from Sun Times newspaper)
1809 – Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, near Hodgenville, Kentucky
1818 – October 5, Lincoln’s mother (Nancy Hanks) died of “Milk Sickness”
1819 – Lincoln’s father, Thomas, marries again: Sarah Bush Johnson of Kentucky
1830 – The Lincoln family move into Illinois, partially due to Thomas Lincoln’s opposition to slavery
1831 – Lincoln moves to New Salem, IL to live on his own. Joined volunteers in the 31st Regiment, IL Militia in the Black Hawk War
1832 – Lost his bid to win a legislative seat
1833 – Invested in a store with his friend William Berry, and later that year was appointed postmaster of New Salem
1834 – Lincoln began studying law. He was elected to the Illinois State Legislature
1837 – Lincoln moved to Springfield, IL
1842– Married Mary Ann Todd, of Lexington ,Kentucky. They have 4 children during their marriage together
1846 – Elected as a representative to the 30th U.S. Congress and moved to Washington, D.C.
1858 – Lincoln accepted the Republican nomination to run against Stephen Douglas and delivered his famous “House Divided Speech” in the Illinois state house. Lincoln lost the election to Douglas
1860 – May 18, chosen as the Republican nominee for the presidency. Nov. 4, Lincoln became the first Republican elected President
1861 – March 3, inaugurated 16th President thus beginning what would prove to be the most difficult presidency in history
1864 – Nominated as Republican presidential candidate for re-election. Overwhelmingly reelected November 8
1865 – March 4, inaugurated for the second term. April 14, Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater, Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth. He died nine hours later on April 15. He was first president to be assassinated. A shocked nation was thrown into mourning. On April 21, after funeral services, the Lincoln funeral train with Lincoln’s remains departed Washington, D.C. and returned to Springfield where he was buried.