Abraham Lincoln

By | Feb 12, 2008

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky. His father, Thomas, was a Kentucky frontiersman, his mother Nancy, died when he was ten.

Lincoln was in his 30’s when he married Mary Todd on November 4, 1842. It was a long courtship. Each of their four children were boys. Only one of these would live into adulthood.

On May 22, 1849 Lincoln is granted U.S. Patent No. 6,469 for BUOYING VESSELS OVER SHOALS. He is the only president ever granted a patent.

In the 1860 election he received 40% of the popular votes, but is awarded 180 of the 303 electoral votes. The other candidates were Northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge.

The Portrait used as basis for the Five Dollar Bill was taken by photographer Matthew Brady in February of 1864.

On April 14, 1865, while attending the production of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre, he was shot John Wilkes Booth. He dies at 7:22 the next morning.


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