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The Life of Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial 1809-2009)

February 12, 2009

Abraham Lincoln

By JFLMad

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.

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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

1863 – January 1, emancipation proclaimed. Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, although only 2 minutes long, it became one of the most famous speeches 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.

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  1. February 12, 2009 at 9:01 am

    There is another interesting story that we wrote about him.

    https://fookembug.wordpress.com/2007/02/12/in-honor-of-abraham-lincoln/

  2. Jacey125
    February 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks for this history!
    Good Story

  3. Anonymous
    February 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Gallaudet University, the world’s only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

  4. Umesh Chandra Sharma
    December 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I am from India and I work as Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department of a University. Abraham Lincoln was not only the greatest US president but also one of the great son of mother earth, like others such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teressa, Martin Luther King. Unfortunately US has forgotten the struggles and teachings of his greatest son Abraham Lincoln.

  5. Anonymous
    February 1, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    cool

  6. Richard Nixon
    March 15, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Thank You. I enjoyed reading this time line. I never bew it was so soon after the start oh his 2nd term that he was killed.

    To Sharma “We The People” of the United States of America have forgotten nothing! Our Goverment has just gotten to big for our voices to be heard anymore. “We” are & always will be the most compasionate, & strongest country/people in the world. God Bless you all and God Bless The U.S.A.

  7. Richard Nixon
    March 16, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Oh I wanted to list these strange but true simalarities between Abraham Lincoln & John F. Kennedy.
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    -LINCOLN ELECTED IN 1860 – JFK 1960

    -LINCOLN 7 LETTERS IN HIS LAST NAME – JFK 7 LETTERS IN HIS LAST NAME

    -LINCOLN’S SECRETARY NAME WAS KENNEDY – JFK’S SECRETARY NAME WAS LINCOLN

    -BOTH ASSASSINATED ON FRIDAY W/ WIVES PRESENT

    -LINCOLN’S SUCCESSOR NAMED JOHNSON (ANDREW) – JFK’S SUCCESSOR NAMED JOHNSON (LYNDON)

    -ANDREW JOHNSONSON BORN IN 1808 – LYNDON JOHNSON WAS BORN IN 1908

    -BOOTH SHOT LINCOLN IN A THEATRE & HID IN A WAREHOUSE – OSWALD SHOT KENNEDY FROM A WAREHOUSE AND HID IN A THEATRE
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    I thought these similarities were pretty neat and deserved to be listed here.

  8. Richard Nixon
    March 16, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I posted that before finishing the list of simalarities.
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    -BOOTH AND OSWALD WERE KILLED THEMSELVES BEFORE THEIR TRIALS

    -LINCOLN & KENNEDY WERE BOTH CARRIED TO BURIAL IN THE SAME CAISSON

    -BOOTH AND OSWALD WERE BORN EXACTLY 100 YEARS APART

    -LEE HARVEY OSWALD & JOHN WILKES BOOTH – EACH FULL NAME HAD 15 LETTERS

    -BOTH PRESIDENTS HAD THE VALIDITY OF THEIR ELECTIONS CHALLENGED

    -BOTH PRESIDENTS WERE DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH CIVIL RIGHTS
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