Abraham Lincoln – 6 Facts

By | Oct 17, 2015

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Hardin, Kentucky. He was the second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. He had an older sister Sarah, February 10, 1807 – January 20, 1828) and a brother Thomas who died as an infant in 1812. He also had a step-brother and step-sister from his father’s second marriage to Sarah Bush Johnston.

Lincoln was just a little over a month into his second term of President when he was assassinated on April 15, 1865. His second term began on March 3rd.

During his term as President two new states entered the Union. West Virgina, which divided itself from Virginia, in 1862 and Nevada in 1864.

Between December 20, 1860, when South Carolina seceded from the union and North Carolina’s secession on May 20, 1861, 11 states seceded from the United States. The others were Mississippi (January 9), Florida (January 10), Alabama (January 11), Georgia (January 19), Louisiana (January 26), Texas (February 1), Virginia (April 17), Arkansas (May 6) and Tennessee (May 7)

Lincoln owned one home, the one that he purchased for his family on January 16, 1844 at 413 South Eighth Street; Springfield, Illinois. He paid $1,500 for it.

Lincoln only wore a beard for a little over 4 years of his life. He grew it after receiving a letter in October 1860 from Grace Bedell, a 11 year old from Westfield, New York urging him to grow a beard to improve his appearance. “I have got 4 brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you. You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin.”


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