Abraham Lincoln: Facts, Timeline, Life, History: Brief Biography, Quotes, Comparison to JFK:
Nicknames - Birthplace - Family - President - Gravesite - Legend - Ghost

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Birthplace

Legend says that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina and not Kentucky. According to this story, Nancy Hanks was placed in the home of Abraham Enloe which was located in Rutherford County by her poverty stricken mother. Nancy was raised by the Enloe family. In 1808, Nancy got pregnant by Abraham Enloe. Nancy had a baby boy and named him Abraham after his father. To avoid further scandal, Abraham Enloe asked Tom Lincoln to marry Nancy.  Tom married Nancy and moved to Kentucky. Nancy died in 1818 from milk sickness in Pigeon Creek Indiana.

There is a granite plaque  marking the spot of Abe Lincoln's NC birth place located in Bostic North Carolina.

Family

Abraham Lincoln became a self educated lawyer in Frontier Illinois in the 1830's and 40's. He married Mary Todd and had 4 children respectively, Robert Todd, Edward Baker, William Wallace and Thomas.

The Civil War had brother fighting brother, father fighting son, etc. President Lincoln s family was no exception. Lincoln who was the commander in chief of the union army had 3 sisters in law married to Confederate officers and 4 brothers in law in the Confederate Army.

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Facts

  • Nicknames
    • Honest Abe
    • the Rail splitter
    • the great emancipator
  • Born February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville Kentucky?
    • NC Legend says Abe Lincoln was born in North Carolina not Kentucky
  • 16th President of USA
  • Elected 1860 to Presidency
  • Lead the nation through the Civil War
  • 2 term president, Reelection in 1864
  • First President to be assassinated
  • Similarities in Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations
  • Death April 15, 1865 - shot by John Wilkes Booth

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Political Career

Lincoln served in congress in 1847-49. He joined the Republican party in 1856. Lincoln engaged in a series of debates with Stephen A. Douglas which made him nationally known. He was elected to the Presidency in 1860. The Civil War broke out shortly after the election because Lincoln was elected without any votes from Southern states.

Lincoln issued the proclamation of Emancipation in 1863 officially freeing the slaves. However, it was ignored by the Southern states.

A few days after the Civil War was over, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.

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Comparison of Abraham Lincoln and John f. Kennedy

Oddly there were many interesting similarities  between Abraham Lincoln and joke s assassination. Lincoln was shot in Ford s theater. Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln made by Ford. Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846. Kennedy was elected to congress in 1946. Lincoln was elected to the Presidency in 1860. Kennedy was elected to the Presidency in 1960. Both were succeeded by a Johnson. Andrew Johnson who succeeded Lincoln was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson who succeeded Kennedy was born in 1908. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were shot on a Friday in the presence of their wives. Kennedy had a secretary named Evelyn Lincoln. Both foresaw their deaths and spoke of it.

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Grave Site

Lincolns remains are buried at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site is at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. It is near his hometown.

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Ghost

Abraham Lincoln ghost is suppose to haunt the White House. Many people who have spent the night in the Lincoln room have reported seeing a figure resembling Lincoln.

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Quotes

  • With Malice towards none; with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right -- March 4, 1865
  • ...that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth -- Gettysburg Address
  • Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it. -- Address, Feb. 1860.
  • I pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. -- letter to Mrs. Bixby, 1864.
  • The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far 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.--  Gettysburg address

Pictures of Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln Portraits
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Photograph: Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
family portrait
Photographs: Abraham Lincoln Family Portrait
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Abraham Lincoln Memorial Washington DC.

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Biography Books

Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography

Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression challenged a president