Facts, information and frequently asked questions about Abraham Lincoln

This lithograph picture is a full-length portrait of Abraham Lincoln published by Joseph Hoover between 1860 and 1865. Image from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Lincoln’s home state was Illinois though he was born in Kentucky.

His wife, Mary Ann Todd (late Mary Todd Lincoln), came from a wealthy and prestigious family of Lexington, Kentucky. Her parents disapproved of her marriage to Lincoln because of his common background.

Of his four children, only Robert Todd Lincoln survived to adulthood.

He was a lawyer, but he also was a partner a retail store; it went bankrupt, and he spent years paying off the creditors.

His first government position was an Illinois State Legislator.

He was a member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois 7th District.

He was a Whig Party Leader and later a member of the newly formed Republican Party.
He was the first President to grow a beard in office.

Lincoln was the tallest President at six feet four inches.

His first vice president was Hannibal Hamlin; at the beginning of his second term Hamlin was replaced by Andrew Johnson.

His election in 1860 was the trigger which began the succession movement in the South.

Abraham Lincoln, besides being an accomplished statesman, wrote poetry and has been called the country’s only Poet President.

He is the only president to receive a patent for an invention.

He was the first president to be assassinated in office.
 

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about Abraham Lincoln

Who was Abraham Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States
When was Abraham Lincoln born? What is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday?
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809
Where was Abraham Lincoln born?
Abraham Lincoln was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky,
How tall was Abraham Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln was 6′ 4" tall, which was very tall for that period
Was Abraham Lincoln married?
Abraham Lincoln was married on November 4, 1842
Who was Abraham Lincoln’s wife?
Abraham Lincoln’s wife was Mary Todd Lincoln
Did Abraham Lincoln have children?
Abraham Lincoln had four children: Robert, Edward, William and Thomas ("Tad")
Was Abraham Lincoln an abolitionist?
Abraham Lincoln disapproved of slavery, and during the Lincoln Douglas Debates in his bid for the Illinois Senate seat argued strongly against slavery but also said the Constitution and the peace of the country would not permit interference with slavery in the states where it already existed. He strongly opposed allowing slavery to spread to new territories and states.
What year was Abraham Lincoln elected President?
Abraham Lincoln was elected President on November 6, 1860. He was inaugurated on March 4, 1861. (Presidential inaugurations took place in March, not January, at that time.)
How did Abraham Lincoln die?
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in office at the end of the the civil war.
What year was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?
Abraham Lincoln was shot around 10 pm on April 14, 1865, and died at 7:22 am on April 15
Who assassinated Abraham Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth
Where was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?
Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC

 

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