Our sixteenth President is the second of the real "heavy hitter" presidents. This is fairly evident by the fact that Abraham Lincoln's mug is carved into Mount Rushmore. This entry could go on and on with the accomplishments of Lincoln, but lets try and find some lesser known things about Old Honest Abe.
It should be noted that Lincoln did not hold any elective office when he was elected President. He had served one term as a member of the House of Representatives. He had tried to become Senator from Illinois in 1858, but lost to Stephen A. Douglas, following the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates. Lincoln is also regarded as one of the primary figures in the new Republican Party and as president, is credited with strengthening it into a force. But Lincoln also rallied Democrats to his cause, taking advantage of the "Rally Around the Flag" mentality exhibited by Americans in time of war or national crisis.
Lincoln fathered four children, all boys, with Mary Todd Lincoln. Two of his sons predeceased him, Edward (1846-1850) and his beloved Willie (1850-1862). His third son, Tad, was born in 1853 and died in 1871. Only his oldest son, Robert, survived to adulthood. Robert Todd Lincoln holds an interesting trivia record in history: While he had been invited to accompany his parents to Ford's Theater, he was therefore not present at his father's, he was present at the assassinations of both President James Garfield and President William McKinley. Robert Todd was also present at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922, four years before his death.
- born February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky
- died April 15, 1865, the morning after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC. Lincoln was 56 years old.
- Party: Republican
- Abraham Lincoln (R) - 180 electoral votes / 1,865,593 popular votes
- John C. Breckenridge (Southern Democrat) - 72 electoral votes / 848,356 popular votes
- John Bell (Constitutional Union) - 39 electoral votes / 592,906 popular votes
- Stephen A. Douglas (D) - 12 electoral votes / 1,382,713 popular votes
- Abraham Lincoln (R) - 212 electoral votes / 2,206,938 popular votes
- George B. McClellan (D) - 21 electoral votes / 1,803,787 popular votes
- 81 electoral votes not cast
- While Lincoln is the third president to die in office, he is the first to die by assassination.
- Lincoln was our tallest president, at 6 foot 4 inches.
- Lincoln is the first president to have been born outside the original 13 colonies.
- Lincoln is the only president to hold a patent, a device to lift boats over shoals.
- Occasionally, a pause will happen in a conversation and quiet will reign. There is somewhat of an urban legend there is a good chance that it will be twenty minutes past the hour. Lincoln died at 7:22am. Go ahead, check the clock the next time a lull comes up in conversation.
- The White House Biography
- Miller Center Biography
- Internet Public Library Biography
- Encyclopedia Britannica
- The History Place Time line for Lincoln
- "On Abraham Lincoln" by Robert Green Ingersoll
- "Abraham Lincoln Research Site" - created by a former teacher
- The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois
- The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana (with a link to hear Sam Waterston recite the Gettysburg Address!)
- Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky (National Park Service)
- Lincoln's boyhood home in Indiana (National Park Service)
- The Lincoln Home in Illinois (also, National Park Service)
- The Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC
- Ford's Theatre, which will reopen in 2009 and commemorate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
- The catafalque made for Abraham Lincoln, which has been used for others to lay in state in the United States Capitol
- One of many links to the Gettysburg Address and links there to the Lincoln Papers (from the Library of Congress) (C in DC, here's your chance to tell your Gettysburg Address story).