Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States during the Civil War. We all know that “honest Abe” was one of the greatest figures in American history, but do you know the history of Abraham Lincoln?
Born into poor family, Lincoln had to struggle his whole life. He lost eight elections, he went bankrupt twice and suffered a nervous breakdown after the dead of the woman he loved. Enough reasons to give up of everything. But Lincoln did not gave up and therefore he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the United States. Here are some quick and interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln that you probably didn’t know!
Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Kentucky, and he was the first president born beyond the boundaries of the original 13 states.
Another interesting fact about Abraham Lincoln, is that as a child and a teenager he avoid fishing and hunting, because he had an aversion to killing animals. His aversion seemed unmanly to other families who depended on fish to survive.
Abraham Lincoln had only 18 months of formal education. But he loved reading and educated himself becoming a lawyer and later a president of the United States.
Lincoln’s first love was Ann Rutledge, but she died at the age of 22, of typhoid fever. He than become engaged and later married Mary Todd, a woman from wealthy family.
Lincoln and his wife Marry had four sons, but only one of them survived the age of 18.
Lincoln’s first son Robert, was almost killed at a train station in New Jersey, where he slipped from a platform but he was grabbed by the collar and saved by Edwin Booth. Edwin was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who would later shoot and kill Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln bought a store, when he was at the age of 23, but he was unsuccessful so he ended up owing $1000 for loans. But he was honest and paid back every last penny of his loan and it took him 17 years to do so.
Lincoln was and still is the only president to ever obtain a U.S. patent. In 1849, he obtained a patent on a device that was designed to keep boats afloat when they passed over a sandbar or entered shallow water.
Lincoln was also the first leader in the U.S. who supported women rights and he suggested that women should also had the right to vote.
The Lincoln Bedroom in the White House was never a bedroom for Abraham. He used this room as his office where he held meetings and signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address made at the end of the Civil War is one of the most famous and oft repeated speeches throughout history.
Not long before his assassination, Lincoln often dreamed of his own dead.
Abraham Lincoln was killed at the Ford Theathre in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth.
Lincoln was the first president to have a beard. He began to grow his beard after his election in 1860, and supporters have suggested that facial hair would soften his harsh appearance.
He was also the tallest U.S. president.
In 1863, a turkey was sent to the White House for a holiday dinner but Lincoln’s son Tad pleaded that it not be executed, therefore Lincoln spared the turkey’s life.
Although he was a strong man, Lincoln disliked killing and harming animals even for food. He loved pets and owned cats, dogs, horses and a turkey.
His mother, Nancy Hanks was a distant relative of actor Tom Hanks, making the president and the actor fourth cousins.
Lincoln has no living heirs. He and his wife had four sons, but three of them died before the age of 18. Robert Lincoln was the only child to live to adulthood and he died in 1985, at the age of 82.