Fun Facts about Abraham Lincoln
16th President of the United States
Political Party: Republican
Born: February 12, 1809, Hodgenville, Kentucky
Died: Assassinated, April 15, 1865
Married: Mary Todd Lincoln, 1842-1865
A Man for His Time:
(An Abraham Lincoln Poem)
A man for his time
for his age, for his place.
A man with a top hat,
a beard on his face.
He weathered the storm
with a country at war
torn from within
as had not been before.
He had the will, had the strength,
had the drive
to stick to his plan,
keep the union alive.
And when the war ended,
the fighting did cease.
Before he could work on
his plan for the peace
He went to the show.
As he sat with his wife,
a gunman’s lone shot
put an end to his life.
Another sad death
with no reason or rhyme,
the death of a man
of his age, of his time.
Poem and Art by Denise Rodgers
Abraham Lincoln was willing to go into battle to maintain the union of the states. In the four months between winning the election and his presidential inauguration, seven Southern states had seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared freedom for all slaves within the Confederacy. His main goal in the war, however, was to preserve the country as a union of states. The issue of slavery had divided the North and South for many years, and this was Lincoln’s grand effort to end this divide. His post-war plans were to be generous with the South and to encourage the nation to join together. Unfortunately, he was assassinated on April 14, 1865, before his plans could be put into action.
He was the first president to wear a beard in
the White House. This became popular for succeeding presidents.
· He grew this beard at the suggestion of an eleven year-old girl.
· Lincoln spoke with a frontier accent, even though he was an educated lawyer. He said “git” instead of “get,” and “thar” instead of “there.”
· At 6-foot 4-inches, he was the tallest president ever at that time.
· Political enemies called him “apelike” or “a well-meaning baboon.” Not exactly complimentary!
· Legend has it he stashed documents in his top hat, as he was often disorganized (and the hat made for a very handy and portable storage container!)
· He had a well-known sense of humor, and had a pile of papers in his office labeled, “When you can’t find it, look here!”
· He had a book of witticisms published. This is currently available as "The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln," available from Dover Publications.