Top 10 Facts About Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln is perhaps most famous for his Gettysburg Address, but did you know he also brought us Thanksgiving?
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.
Born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky in 1809, Abraham Lincoln served as the first President of the Republican Party and oversaw one the most turbulent periods in the young nation’s history, leading the Union to victory in the American Civil War and abolishing slavery before his fateful assassination by actor John Wilkes Booth in 1865.
Abraham had very little formal education, but had a strong interest in books and learning. Most of what he learned was self-educated and from books he borrowed.
Lincoln was seemingly obsessed with cats.
Lincoln’s cat Tabby ate at the White House dinner table.
FIDO, Abraham Lincoln’s dog, was also assassinated.
Lincoln was the first president to use the telegraph.
Abraham Lincoln argued a case in front of the United States Supreme Court—and lost.
“Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a great man—too great to be small in anything. In his company I was never in any way reminded of my humble origin, or of my unpopular color.”—Frederick Douglass
Lincoln was an avid hunter.
Lincoln did not have a middle name.
Lincoln suffered depression and avoided carrying knives, fearing he would use it on himself.
Abraham Lincoln is the only president in American history to hold a patent.
Lincoln lost five elections before being elected president.
Lincoln’s assassin was a famous actor and Lincoln himself was a fan of him.
Lincoln’s mother was killed by poisoned milk when he was 9 years old.
Lincoln was estranged from his father and didn’t attend his funeral.
Before becoming a politician, the 6’4” Lincoln was a wrestler. He only lost once in about 300 matches and gained a reputation in New Salem, Illinois as an elite wrestler with great strength.
Lincoln proclaimed all persons held as slaves in states of the rebellion “forever free.”
Lincoln was known for having a strong sense of humor.
Lincoln was shot on Good Friday.
He was a general store owner, postmaster, and lawyer before being elected.
He practiced law without a degree. Lincoln had about 18 months of formal schooling.
Abraham Lincoln was a licensed bartender.