Abraham Lincoln: Did You Know?
February 22, 2011
Lincoln’s stovepipe top hat served as more than fashionable headwear. He used it to store and carry notes, letters, even bills.
That stovepipe hat just made Lincoln look a whole lot taller. Lincoln was 6’4”, making him our country’s tallest president.
Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln had 4 sons, but there are no living heirs. Three of the four sons died before their 20th birthdays: Edward died at 4 years of age, Willie at 12 years, at Tad at 18. Robert was the only child who lived into adulthood, and his last descendant died sometime in the 1980’s.
He was born in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky. This made him the first US president from west of the Appalachian range.
Lincoln suffered from serious depression and migraine headaches; both could be debilitating, and there were times he spent days in bed.
Lincoln loved animals and did not like hunting or killing them, even for food. He had several pets including dogs, cats, and even a turkey.
Before Abraham Lincoln, there had never been a U.S. president with a beard. Since his presidency, four presidents have had full beards.
Abraham Lincoln was a witty man. Many of his jokes and funny sayings have been recorded, including this one: "If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?"
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is one of the most quoted political speeches in history. It marked the end of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. The speech was made on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated. He was killed on April 15, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth. At the time of his death, Lincoln was 56 years old.
Happy Birthday Abe!