On Monday, February 16, 2009, we celebrate President’s Day. Since Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky and it is his 200th birthday, I am dedicating this post to “Honest Abe”.
Below you will find listed some facts and little known facts about our 16th president:
Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, died when he was nine years of age from “Milk Sickness” that is caused from consuming contaminated milk.
Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah, encouraged him to study and make something of his life.
Lincoln struggled with depression all his life.
He was engaged several times.
He worked as a ferry boat operator.
He is the only American President to hold a patent.
His youthful sweetheart, Ann Rutledge, died.
Lincoln was a U.S. Congressman.
He married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky on November 4, 1842. She was 24 and he was 33 when they married. They had “Love is Eternal” engraved in their wedding bands.
The Lincoln Bedroom was never a bedroom during his term but was used as an office.
The Lincolns shared the White House with two pet goats named Nanny and Nanko.
The family dog’s name was Fido.
The Gettysburg Address was not Lincoln’s best speech.
John Wilkes Booth’s older brother saved the life of Abe Lincoln’s son, Robert.
Lincoln’s death masks were made before he was killed.
Lincoln’s body was almost stolen.
Lincoln was the first president to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard.
Wife, Mary, was put in an institution after Abe’s death by her son due to her mental health.
Lincoln was a man of humble origins whose perseverance and determination helped to end slavery in the United States.
One quote I read from Lincoln goes like this: ” I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts. ” I think this still stands true today!
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