President Lincoln’s Birthday

Today February 12 is president Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. 16lincoln61photobychristophersgerman

Here are some facts about Lincoln:

  • He was born on February 12th 1809, and died April 15th 1865 at the age of fifty six.
  • His home state is Illinois.
  • His party was Republican and he was president for four years from 1861-1865, when he was assassinated.
  • His vice presidents where Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.
  • The president before him was   James Buchanan and succeeded by Andrew Johnson.
  • His wife was called Mary Todd Lincoln, was brought up rich.
  • Mary’s parents disagreed with her marrying Abraham because he had a poor background.
  • Abraham had four children, Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, Tad Lincoln. Only Robert Todd Lincoln survived into adulthood.
  • Abraham was an unaffiliated Christian as he never officially acquired church membership.
  • He created a national banking system with the National Banking Act in 1863, resulting in a standardized currency.
  • He was the first president to be assassinated.
  • He had deep depression, even though he would frequently tell stories and jokes to friends and family.
  • He patented a system to alter buoyancy of steamboats in 1849.
  • His birth mother died from milk sickness.
  • His father remarried a widow, and Abraham was very close to his step mother.
  • He ran a store in New Salem.
  • Even though he was strong, a talented wrestler, and proficient with an axe, Lincoln disliked killing and harming animals, even for food.
  • Lincoln proposed to Mary just one year after meeting her in Springfield 1839.
  • He was the first president to have a beard.
  • Lincoln, one week before his death, had a dream of someone crying in the White House, when he found the room; he looked in and asked who had passed away. The man in the room said the President. When he looked in the coffin it was his own face he saw.
  • Lincoln was fond of pets, and owned horses, cats, dogs and a turkey
  • Lincoln’s view of slavery was not always clear though he did not want to see slavery spread to the territories it would not be fair or correct to say he was in any way an abolitionist. He favored returning the african-american slaves back to Africa. To say that he particularly believed in equality for african-americans would be false. He did not see them as his equal. As the war went on this position slowly shifted but it is important that we understand the Lincoln was not an abolitionist.  His interactions with Frederick Douglass helped to shift Lincoln’s view of african americans but it is important to understand that though he thought slavery was cruel and terrible he did not favor full citizenship for blacks until very late in the war. 

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