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Facts about Abraham Lincoln

Here are some quick and interesting facts about Abraham 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.
  • He was preceded by James Buchanan and succeeded by Andrew Johnson.
  • His wife was called Mary Todd Lincoln, who was brought up into a very wealthy family.
  • 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 was the tallest U.S president at 6'4".
  • 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.