16. Abraham Lincoln

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


“The Great Emancipator”


Presidential Basics

  • Full name: Abraham Lincoln
  • Years in office: 1861–1865
  • Political party: Republican
  • Vice president: Hannibal Hamlin (first term), Andrew Johnson (second term)
  • Age at inauguration: 52
  • Nickname: “The Great Emancipator,” “Abe,” “Honest Abe,” “The Railsplitter”

Random Trivia

  • Whiggin’ Out: Lincoln began his political career as a Whig.

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: February 12, 1809
  • Birthplace: Hardin County, Kentucky
  • Death date: April 15, 1865
  • Place of death: Washington, D.C.
  • Place of burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois
  • Last words: “She won’t think anything about it.”

Family

  • 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
  • Kids: 
    • Robert Todd (1843–1926)
    • Edward Baker (1846–1850)
    • William Wallace (1850–1862)
    • Thomas (Tad) (1853–1871)
  • Home: Springfield, Illinois

Other Facts

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Eye color: Gray
  • Ancestry: English
  • Religion: None
  • Born in a log cabin: Yes
  • Owned enslaved people: No
  • Freemason: No

Education

  • Early education: Self-educated
  • College degree: No

Career

  • Military Service: Yes
  • Lawyer: Yes
  • 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

Elections

 


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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