Abraham Lincoln Facts

Abraham Lincoln Facts
Abraham Lincoln was the United States' 16th President. He was born on February 12th, 1809, the son and second child born to Thomas and Nancy Lincoln in Hardin County, Kentucky. When Abraham was born his father owned 1200 acres of farmland among other assets and was one of the country's richest men. Faulty property titles led to his eventual loss of all land holdings and his family moved to Indiana to start over. Nancy died when Abraham was only nine years old. Abraham only had about 18 months of formal schooling by the time he was grown. He would eventually succeed in becoming President of the United States, from 1861 to 1865, when he was assassinated.
Interesting Abraham Lincoln Facts:
In 1831 Abraham moved the family to Illinois. Abraham took a job transporting goods to New Orleans but walked back home after witnessing slavery, something his family had already moved away from several times.
Abraham Lincoln was a successful wrestler as a young man and he is even enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the sport.
In 1840 Abraham Lincoln proposed to Mary Todd. Her family was rich, and they were slave owners.
The engagement ended in 1841 and eventually reunited and married in 1842.
Mary and Abraham had four children, Robert, Edward, Willie, and Thomas. Willie, Edward, and Thomas all died before adulthood. Robert was the only to have children.
Abraham Lincoln was admitted to the bar in 1836, and practiced law with a couple different partners before becoming president.
In 1836 Abraham Lincoln believed women should have the right to vote.
In 1856 at the Republican Convention, Abraham Lincoln lost his first bid at a presidential ticket. He had tried to be a vice president candidate.
Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original 13 states.
Abraham Lincoln was the first United States President to use the telegraph.
Abraham Lincoln was the first U.S. President with a beard.
Abraham Lincoln served in the U.S House of Representatives for one term.
In 1863 Abraham Lincoln created the National Banking Act which resulted in a standard currency.
In 1864 someone fired a gun at Abraham Lincoln and this assassination attempt resulted in a hole in his stovepipe hat.
Abraham Lincoln often kept important documents inside his stovepipe hat.
At Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration he was photographed with John Wilkes Booth, his eventual assassin.
John Wilkes Booth's brother saved Abraham Lincoln's son's life on a New Jersey train platform.
Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression.
Lincoln's son died in the White House and afterwards he took place in séances at the White House.
Hours before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated he created the Secret Service. Its purpose at the time was to combat counterfeiting, not to protect the president.
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president. He was 6'4" tall.
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 at the age of 56. He is buried in Lincoln's Tomb, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
Movies and TV series have been made about Abraham Lincoln's life.

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