About Abraham Lincoln

By | Feb 12, 2011

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.

He married Mary Todd after a long courtship on November 4, 1842. They had four boys, but only one lived to adulthood.

On May 22, 1849 Lincoln was 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 only 40% of the popular votes, but was 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 died at 7:22 the next morning.


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