|Abraham Lincoln Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||February 12, 1809|
|Date of Death||April 15, 1865|
Abraham Lincoln was a historic American lawyer, politician, and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States (1861-1865). His greatest contribution, during his short tenure, was overseeing the American Civil War and leading the Union to victory thus, securing its constitutional union and abolishing slavery.
Ancient Abe, Father Abraham, Honest Abe, Uncle Abe, The Buffoon, The Great Emancipator, Caesar, The Grand Wrestler, The Flatboat Man, The Tycoon, The Sectional President, The Illinois Baboon, The Jester, The Sage of Springfield, Man of the People, The Railsplitter, The Tyrant, The Martyr President, Long ‘Un
He was born on February 12, 1809.
He died from a gunshot wound on April 15, 1865, at the age of 56 years in Washington D.C.
Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky, United States
Lawyer, Politician, Statesman
- Father – Thomas Lincoln (Farmer, Carpenter)
- Mother – Nancy Hanks
- Siblings – Sarah Lincoln (Older Sister), Thomas Lincoln Jr. (Younger Brother) (Died in 1812)
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Abraham Lincoln had dated –
- Ann Rutledge
- Mary Owens
- Mary Todd (1840-1865) – He married Mary Todd on November 4, 1842. The couple had raised 4 sons together named Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843-July 26, 1926), Edward Baker Lincoln (March 10, 1846-February 1, 1850), William Wallace Lincoln (December 21, 1850-February 20, 1862), and Thomas ‘Tad’ Lincoln (April 4, 1853-July 15, 1871). The two were married for more than 2 decades until Lincoln’s untimely death in 1865.
Race / Ethnicity
He had English, Irish, Dutch, and distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish ancestry.
- His beard
- Was often seen wearing a top hat
- Towering height and slender frame
Abraham Lincoln Facts
- He disliked being called by his first name or any variation of his name, especially Abe, preferring to be known as Lincoln instead.
- Lincoln was the first ever president to be photographed during his inauguration. The photograph also captured John Wilkes Booth, his future assassin, standing in the crowd.
- He famously wrote his own speeches, including the legendary Gettysburg Address of November 1863. Over time, the surprisingly short speech has been immortalized as one of the greatest and most influential speeches underscoring the American national purpose.
- The Hollywood actor Tom Hanks is Lincoln’s third cousin, 4 times removed.
- In 1836, he advocated for women’s voting rights and was the first major American leader to do so.
- Lincoln was a wrestler in his youth and, during one of his matches, he ended up lifting his opponent off the ground by his throat and slamming him hard onto the ground again. This move was innovative for its time and is considered one of the earliest iterations of the ‘chokeslam’.
- He suffered from depression most of his life. Furthermore, he struggled with insomnia and would frequently walk the halls of the White House at night.
- Lincoln was the first ever American president in history to be assassinated. On April 14, 1865, he was shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending the play, Our American Cousin with his wife at Ford’s Theater. Booth, who was a Confederate spy, was incensed by Lincoln’s intention to extend voting rights to Black men and veterans and thus planned to assassinate him. He sneaked into Lincoln’s box and shot the back of his head at close range with a .44-cal. Deringer pistol. The president breathed his last in the early morning of April 15th.
- He was born on the same day as Charles Darwin i.e., on February 12, 1809.
- Lincoln is President Barack Obama‘s favorite president. Moreover, Obama used the Lincoln Bible for both his inaugural ceremonies.
Featured Image by Moses Parker Rice / Wikimedia / Public Domain