16. Abraham Lincoln

The Periodic Table of the Presidents - Abraham Lincoln  Abraham Lincoln Official Portrait - The Periodic Table of the Presidents

“The Great Emancipator”

  • Full Name: Abraham Lincoln
  • Years in Office: 1861–1865
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Nicknames: “The Great Emancipator,” “Abe,” “Honest Abe,” “The Railsplitter,”
  • Age at Inauguration: 52
  • Vice Presidents: Hannibal Hamlin (first term), Andrew Johnson (second term)
  • Birth: February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky
  • Death: April 15, 1865 in Washington, D.C.
  • Place of Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery – Springfield, Illinois
  • Height: 6’4”
  • Ancestry: English
  • Father: Thomas Lincoln (1778–1851); Farmer, carpenter
  • Mother: Nancy Hanks Lincoln (1784–1818)
  • Stepmother: Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln (1788–1869)
  • Wife: Mary Todd (December 13, 1818 – July 16, 1882)
  • Marriage: November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois
  • Children: Robert Todd (1843–1926); Edward Baker (1846–1850); William Wallace (1850–1862); Thomas (Tad) (1853–1871)
  • Home: Springfield, Illinois
  • Education: Self-educated
  • Religious Affiliation: None
  • Military Service: Yes
  • Career:
    • Store Clerk
    • Storeowner
    • Ferry Pilot
    • Surveyor
    • Postmaster
    • Captain in Black Hawk War (1832)
    • Member of the Illinois Legislature (1834–1842)
    • Lawyer (1837–)
    • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1847–1849)
    • President (1861–1865)
  • Writings: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

Spotlight Artifact

Abraham Lincoln’s Top Hat

Abraham Lincoln's Hat - Smithsonian

Image from the Smithsonian Museum of American History

Abraham Lincoln bought this hat from a Washington hat maker named J.Y. Davis. If you look closely you’ll see a small black band near the brim. Lincoln added it to the hat in remembrance of his son Willie. Lincoln wore this hat to Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.

Source: Smithsonian National Museum of American History 






Campaign Poster


For President, Abram Lincoln.  For Vice President, Hannibal Hamlin, print by H. C. Howard, c. 1860

(Library of Congress)













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