Born on February 12,1809, Hodgenville,Kentucky,USA.
I truly admire Abraham Lincoln.He has to be my favorite president of all time! Of course there were some things I didn’t agree with him politically wise but I won’t go into that.
I admire his character and his persistence of never giving up even when everything seemed against so him. His integrity and his words proved his character. He went through so much in his life as a young boy growing up with an unloving father and only receiving real love from his mother and later, his stepmother.
He knew that even though growing up poor he wanted more from life, and that’s another thing that I liked about him. Of course I know he was only a human being, and made many mistakes as we all do, but something about his character really stood out to me. Later in life, there were many things that he had to go through but he would eventually, triumph.
A picture of his mother that had passed away. This picture is truly amazing, I think he looked just like her!
Abraham Lincoln’s Quotes
~~10 Very interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln~~
1. Lincoln has no heirs
Although Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln produced four sons, there are no living descendants today. Three of their sons died before the age of twenty. Edward died at the age of four, Willie at twelve and Tad at the age of eighteen. Robert was the only child to live to adulthood and his last known descendant died in 1985.
2. Lincoln’s beard was historic
Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard while serving in office.
3. Lincoln was an inventor
Lincoln was the first and only president to ever obtain a patent. He was mechanically inclined and like to take things apart just to see how they worked. In 1849, he got a patent for a device to lift ships over shoals by way of a buoying mechanism. His invention, US Patent No. 6,469 never made it into practical use.
4.Lincoln had a premonition he would be killed
Not long before he was assassinated, Lincoln spoke of a dream where he heard someone weeping in the White House. When he found the room it was coming from, he asked who had died. He was told it was the president. He approached the coffin to peer in and saw his own face.
5. Lincoln created the Secret Service hours before his assassination.
On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.
6. Lincoln’s son was saved by his assassin’s brother
Shortly before his father was assassinated, Robert Lincoln was at at train station where he fell between the platform and the train as the train began to move. He was pulled to safety by a prominent actor of the time named Edwin Booth. Edwin was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who would later assassinate President Lincoln
7. Poisoned milk killed Lincoln’s mother.
When Abraham was 9 years old in 1818, his mother, Nancy, died of a mysterious “milk sickness” that swept across southern Indiana. It was later learned that the strange disease was due to drinking tainted milk from a cow that had ingested poisonous white snakeroot.
8. He was the tallest U.S president at 6’4″.
9. Lincoln lost five separate elections before being elected president.
10. Lincoln was fond of pets, and owned horses, cats, dogs and a turkey.
As I ponder on the life of Abraham Lincoln, I’m reminded of a bit of Henry Longfellow’s poem,
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time…….
I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂 I used many sites and references to glean most of this information so if you
want to look more into it, the websites will be below. 🙂
(The quotes and picture of Abraham Lincoln are provided through Pinterest)