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Abraham Lincoln


Sixteenth U.S. Leader who led the united states through the horrific American Civil Battle and helped abolish slavery using the 13th amendment. He and a pal purchased a little general shop in New Salem, Illinois when he was 23, however they struggled to create it successful and Lincoln shortly marketed off his talk about. He and Democrat Stephen A. Douglas involved in seven debates through the Senate advertising campaign of 1858, which would become America’s most well-known politics debates. He wedded Mary Todd in November 1842 after having previously known as from the engagement. His last descendant was grandson Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, who passed away in 1985. He was generally self-taught, gaining a lot of his education from reading and rereading such books as the Ruler Adam Bible, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Improvement, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Aesop’s Fables, and Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography.

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Full Name Abraham Lincoln
Date Of Birth February 12, 1809
Died April 15, 1865, Petersen House, Washington, D.C., United States
Place Of Birth Hodgenville, KY
Height 1.93 m
Profession US President
Nationality American
Spouse Mary Todd Lincoln
Children Robert Todd Lincoln, Tad Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, William Wallace Lincoln
Parents Nancy Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln
Siblings Sarah Lincoln Grigsby, Thomas Lincoln, Jr.
Movies The Perfect Tribute, Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts
Star Sign Aquarius

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1Queen Victoria wrote a letter of condolence to Lincoln's widow upon learning of his assassination. Ironically, Great Britain backed the southern states, its main trading partners, in the Civil War.
2His wife had a long history of mental health issues and spent much time in institutions. She is believed to have suffered from Narcissistic Personality disorder.
3Was a wrestler in his youth. In one fight, He lifted his opponent clear off the ground by the throat and slammed Him onto the ground again. This move would later go on to be well known as the "Chokeslam".
4Samuel J. Seymour was in the audience at Ford's Theater when Lincoln was assassinated. Five years old at the time, when he appeared on "I've Got A Secret" in 1956 to tell his story, Seymour was the last living person to witness the assassination.
5His voice was described as quite high pitched and nasal.
6The only non-British citizen to have a statue in parliament square in London.
7In 1856, he was on the Short list of possible Vice Presidential nominees to run with John Charles Fremont - the first-ever Republican candidate for President of the United States.
8Gave a speech about wanting to halt the further spread of Slavery in July of 1861. The Civil War began in April of that year.
9He has more national parks named in his honor than any other President.
10He was the first major American leader to advocate extending voting rights to women and wrote on the subject in 1836.
11He invited Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass to his second inauguration. When Douglass was refused entry by Police, the President approached and proclaimed Douglass to be a friend.
12He suffered from insomnia and would often roam the halls of the White House when he couldn't sleep.
13Wrote all of his own speeches including his famous "Gettysburg Address".
14Loved attending the theater. He once attended a show of "The Marble Heart" starring his future assassin John Wilkes Booth.
15His famous hat was often referred to as his "Filing cabinet" as he had a habit of keeping important papers and his mail book in it.
16Struggled with severe depression throughout his life.
17Mary Surratt, one of the conspirators involved in his death, was the first woman to be executed in the United States.
18The Lincoln penny, issued in 1909, was the first coin to have the likeness of an American on it.
19Did not like the name Abraham or any variations, preferring instead to be called by his last name.
20He first spoke out against Slavery in 1837 to the Illinois state legislature.
21Robert Lincoln Beckwith, his last surviving descendant, died in 1985.
22The first words spoken at Lincoln's bedside after the president expired were "Now he belongs to the ages", spoken by his Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Those words are written over Lincoln's grave.
23Not known at the time, it is today believed that Lincoln suffered from Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) a condition which is inherited and identified by malignancies in the pituitary gland. It is thought that this condition accounted for his height.
24Contrary to popular belief, Lincoln was not shot in the back of the head. Rather, the point of entry for the bullet was just behind his left ear.
25When Lincoln was killed, his son Willie's casket was disinterred so the boy could be buried next to his father. The two caskets traveled together on a train back to Illinois.
26Lincoln had one sister, Sarah, who was 2 years older and a brother who died in infancy.
27Was 52 years old when he became president.
28He loved to read.
29Before he became President he worked as a store clerk, rail-splitter, and lawyer.
30The contents of his pockets on the night of his assassination weren't revealed until February 12, 1976. They contained two pairs of spectacles, a chamois lens cleaner, an ivory and silver pocketknife, a large white Irish linen handkerchief, slightly used, with "A. Lincoln" embroidered in red, a gold quartz watch fob without a watch, a new silk-lined, leather wallet containing a pencil, a Confederate five-dollar bill, and news clippings of unrest in the Confederate army, emancipation in Missouri, the Union party platform of 1864, and an article on the presidency by John Bright.
31His mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died when the family dairy cow ate White Snakeroot and she drank the milk.
32The only president to receive a patent, for a device for lifting boats over shoals.
33He was the first bearded president.
34During the Civil War, telegraph wires were strung to follow the action on the battlefield. But there was no telegraph office in the White House, so he went across the street to the War Department to get the news.
35He was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. John Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be seen standing close to Lincoln in the picture.
36He and his wife held seances in the White House. They had great interest in psychic phenomena.
37His son, Robert, who was in Washington when his father was killed, was also on the scene when Garfield was shot in 1881 and McKinley was assassinated in 1901.
38The first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies.
39Loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
40Never went to school or college.
41The first president to be assassinated.
42On his mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln's side he is related to Camille O. Cosby and Tom Hanks.
43His coffin has been moved 17 times since its original burial in 1865. This is because of construction done to his tomb. The coffin itself has been opened five times, December 21, 1865, September 19, 1871, October 9, 1874, April 14, 1887 and September 26, 1901.
44His son, Willie, died during his first year in the White House (1862).
45The last words in the play that Lincoln heard before his assassination was the (apparent) punchline "You sockdagolized old mantrap!" This line set the entire theater into waves of laughter, giving Booth the aural cover he needed to shoot Lincoln.
46On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, he attended the play 'Our American Cousin' at Ford's Theater. John Wilkes Booth, who was a famous actor and friend of owner John Ford, had free access to all parts of the theater, sneaked into his box and shot him fatally in the back of the head with a .44 caliber Deringer pistol.
47Born on the same day as Charles Darwin.
48First Republican president.
49Solidly 6' 4", he is still the tallest President of the United States.
50West Virginia (1863) and Nevada (1864) admitted to Union during his administration.
51Inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1972.
52Pictured on the 4¢ US postage stamp in the Prominent Americans series, issued 19 November 1965.
53Subject of a set of 4 US postage stamps honoring the 150th anniversary of his birth, issued 27 August 1958 through 30 May 1959.
54Pictured on the 4¢ US postage stamp in the Liberty Series, issued 19 November 1954.
55Sixteenth president of the United States (4 March 1861 - 15 April 1865).
56Children: Robert Lincoln, Edward Baker (10 March 1846 - 1 February 1850), William Wallace (21 December 1850 - 20 February 1862), Thomas (4 April 1853 - 15 July 1871).



Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary1995TV Movie documentary works
A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts1963TV Movie Gettysburg Address - uncredited
The Lone Ranger1957TV Series writer - 1 episode
Words for Battle1941Documentary short inspired by a speech by - uncredited
The Perfect Tribute1935Short writer: Gettysburg Address - uncredited
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address1912Short Gettysburg Address



Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary1995TV Movie documentary "A Lincoln Portrait"

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1If this is Tea, then bring me some Coffee. If this is Coffee, then bring me some Tea.
2I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
3[ in a debate, after Stephen Douglas called him 'two- faced'] I leave it to my audience. If I had another face do you think I'd wear this one?
4[to a messenger in 1862, when polygamy had been outlawed ] Go back and tell Brigham Young that if he will let me alone I will let him alone.
5Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
6Let us have faith that right makes right; and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
7Among free men there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet...The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
8No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
9The desire to work is so rare that is must be encouraged wherever it is found.
10I don't know who my grandfather was; I am concerned to know what his grandson will be.
11Just think of such a sucker as me as president! ['Sucker' was a contemporary nickname which Illinoians had for themselves.]
12Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
13[when accused of being two-faced] Really, if I were two faced would I be wearing this one?
14Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
15[on Steven Douglas, his opponent in the 1858 Illinois Senatorial election and the 1860 presidential election] His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.
16I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.
17Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self-control.
18Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
19The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
20Whatever you are, be a good one.
21That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise.
22Things may come to those who wait. But only the things left by those who hustle.
23As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
24I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.
25Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
26It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
27The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.
28Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
29No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
30I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know who his grandson will be.
31I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
32I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
33He will have to learn, I know, that all people are not just- that all men and women are not true. Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every enemy there is a friend. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest people to lick.
34I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
35[Gettysburg Address, 1863] The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
36The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.
37Everything I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
38You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
39America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
40It has been my experience that people who have no vices have very few virtues.
41[1856] You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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