100 Interesting Facts About Abraham Lincoln

Facts About Abraham Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 - April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. He was one of those who opposed slavery and sought to abolish it. He was President of the Western States in 1860 and was elected Republican candidate and President of the United States.

Winner of the Civil War against the secessionists of the Southern State, to keep the United States from splitting. He published the famous Liberation Uprising Proclamation in 1863 to liberate slaves. This was followed by the abolition of slavery in 1865 by the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Civil War he waged to learn the characteristics of his leader, and the voice he raised to raise awareness against slavery, were also important. Gettysburg Discourse his famous speech is a good example of this.

At the end of the Civil War he sought to establish the United States in a harmonious manner without being harsh with the southern states. Some have strongly criticized his relentless commitment to the abolition of slavery. But others accused him of not abolishing slavery soon enough and of not treating the enslaved southern states harshly enough at the end of the Civil War. He eventually moved to Washington D.C. in 1865. John Wilkes Booth was killed at Ford Arena in C. He sacrificed his life for the unity of the United States.

100 Interesting Facts About Abraham Lincoln

Cool Facts About Abraham Lincoln

  • His dog was named Fido.
  • His cat was named Tabby.
  • Lincoln was an avid hunter.
  • His favorite food was fruit.
  • Lincoln loved to eat oysters.
  • Lincoln was shot on Good Friday.
  • His coffin has been opened 5 times.
  • Lincoln failed in his first business.
  • He was the first president with a beard.
  • Lincoln didn’t play musical instruments.
  • Abraham Lincoln hated to be called “Abe.”
  • He ran for the U.S. Senate twice and lost.
  • He was also a big fan of chicken casserole.
  • Lincoln’s suit was made by Brooks Brothers.
  • Lincoln also worked as a licensed bartender.
  • He was a judge on the circuit court in Illinois.
  • Lincoln battled depression for much of his life.
  • Lincoln’s life was saved twice when he was young.
  • Lincoln’s cat ate at the White House dinner table.
  • Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated.
  • Lincoln was the first president to use the telegraph.
  • He was the president of the U.S. during the Civil War.
  • Lincoln’s animals also died in a White House stable fire.
  • The names Lincoln and Kennedy both contain seven letters.
  • There are no direct living descendants of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Lincoln served one term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Important Facts About Abraham Lincoln

  • Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day.
  • He used the telegraph like email to communicate with generals.
  • Lincoln argued a case before the Supreme Court in 1849 and lost.
  • He was the first president born outside of the 13 original states.
  • Lincoln was part of séances after his son died in the White House.
  • Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were both shot in the head on a Friday.
  • Lincoln was estranged from his father and didn’t attend his funeral.
  • Someone shot at Lincoln in 1864 and put a hole in his stovepipe hat.
  • He liked: Lincoln liked fruits so much that it was his favorite food.
  • Lincoln’s assassin “Booth” was on the run for 12 days after his murder.
  • Grave robbers were foiled in 1876 when they tried to steal Lincoln’s body.
  • He was a general store owner, postmaster, and lawyer before being elected.
  • He didn’t have a middle name. Lincoln went through his life with two names.
  • Lincoln was photographed with John Wilkes Booth at his second inauguration.
  • He was set to take part in a duel, but it was cancelled at the last second.
  • Interestingly, Abraham Lincoln used his hat to keep his important documents.
  • Before he got assassinated, Abraham Lincoln had dreamt of his assassination.
  • Booth’s brother saved the life of Lincoln’s son on a New Jersey train platform.
  • Lincoln’s dog Fido was killed by a drunken assailant a year after Lincoln died.
  • He hated being called Abe. Apparently, he preferred being called by his last name.
  • He practiced law without a degree. Lincoln had about 18 months of formal schooling.

Important Facts About Abraham Lincoln

  • Lincoln defended the son of his most famous wrestling opponent from murder charges.
  • Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater on April 14th, 1865 and he died the following day.
  • Lincoln won the popular vote in Senate campaign against Douglas but lost the election.
  • Lincoln’s guest at Ford’s Theater was Ulysses S. Grant, who cancelled at the last second.
  • Lincoln was shot in a theater named Ford, Kennedy was shot in a car (a Lincoln) made by Ford.
  • Lincoln was in a coma between the time he was shot and the time he passed away the next morning.
  • Their successors were named Johnson. Lincoln’s was Andrew Johnson, Kennedy’s was Lyndon Johnson.
  • He is the first U.S. president to be assassinated. He has so much of history attuned to his name.
  • In the White House: Lincoln did not sleep in his White House bedroom. He used the room as his office.
  • Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth’s brother saved the life of his son at New Jersey railway station.
  • He was the only president to have a patent: Lincoln invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground.
  • He didn’t drink, smoke, or chew. Lincoln was a simple man of tastes, and he never drank in the White House.
  • Religion: Lincoln was never a member of an organized church. He read the bible to learn about Christianity.
  • He wanted women to have the vote in 1836. The future president was a suffragette before it became fashionable.
  • Abraham Lincoln was against slavery and was the first politician to believe in the rights of the women to vote.
  • Abraham Lincoln also had a serious girlfriend named Mary. However, they broke up and he later married Mary Todd.
  • A career in Law: We told you Lincoln practiced law. He did. Actually, he lost a case before the Supreme Court in 1849.
  • Lincoln’s bodyguard John Parker was missing from his position when Lincoln was attacked, and no one knows where he was.
  • He was a big animal lover, but he wouldn’t hunt or fish. If he were alive today, Lincoln would be running an animal shelter.
  • Thanksgiving, which is a national holiday, was established by Lincoln. Yeah, we must thank him for the holiday. Shall not we?

Weird Facts About Abraham Lincoln

  • Depression was Lincoln’s friend during most of his life. He stayed depressed while he lost and fought. However, he never quit.
  • He never belonged to an organized church. Lincoln read the Bible daily, but he never joined an organized church in his lifetime.
  • Lincoln had huge feet. In fact, his shoe size was between 12 and 14. This is the biggest feet size in the U.S. president history.
  • There are more books written about Lincoln than any other American or any other personality across the world – more than 15,000. 
  • He really was a wrestler. Lincoln was documented as taking part in wrestling bouts. We don’t think he wore a mask or had a manager.
  • Lucky man: Lincoln could have died before his assassination as he was saved twice during his lifetime. But he was not lucky the third time.
  • Lincoln had lots of cats in the White House. In fact, he had two cats that he fed on the dinner table. However, his wife did not like the act.
  • He lost in his first bid for a presidential ticket. The unknown Lincoln was an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate in 1856 at the Republican convention.
  • Wrestling career: Lincoln was a wrestler and an accomplished one. He lost just one fight out of the 300 he fought. He is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
  • Escaping death: Lincoln narrowly escaped gunfire in 1864 when Confederate troops attacked Washington, D.C. He was yelled down by Colonel Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
  • Lincoln’s grandfather’s name was also Abraham Linkhorn (Lincoln). He lived between May 1738 and May 1786. Today, there are no confirmed living descendants of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Lincoln was actually a fan of his assassin. John Wilkes Booth, who is better known as Lincoln’s assassin today, was an accomplished actor at the time, and Lincoln was his fan.

Fun Facts About Abraham Lincoln for Kids

  • Education: Lincoln was a self-educated man. He had little formal education; however, he practiced law. On the other hand, Lincoln’s dad was only literate enough to write his name.
  • Lincoln was so famous that a gang of robbers wanted to steal his corpse and demand $200,000 in ransom. However, the Secret Service intervened and prevented the robbers from the act.
  • Lincoln was a keen politician and was passionate about testing rifles used by the U.S. forces. He tested them out in the open outside the White House, which was however not allowed by the law.
  • Lincoln is known for failures. He failed in his first business and also lost his first bid for a presidential ticket. He lost 5 separate elections before being elected as the president of the U.S.
  • He was the second child of his parents. They were farmers and their family lived in Kentucky until 1816. There’s hasn’t yet been a president who was an only child. The majority of US presidents were middle children. 
  • Death of his mother: Lincoln’s mother died from drinking poisoned milk. His father soon married another woman by the name Sarah Bush Johnston, who was a widow. She had a good relation with Abraham and he liked her company as well.
  • Politics and science: do not be surprised to learn that Lincoln is the only president to have obtained a patent. Lincoln was awarded the patent for inventing a method to keep ships afloat on shallow water while near the shore. Patent No. 6,469 in 1849 belongs to Lincoln.
  • Marriage: In 1842, Lincoln was got married to a 23-year old woman named Mary Todd who was just 5 feet 2 inches while Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches. They had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady of the United States of America, passed away in 1882.
  • Lincoln had long legs and did not appear tall when he was seated. Moreover, he was thin and had a beard (the first president to sport a beard while serving in office.) He had one of the most recognizable faces of all the U.S. presidents. An 11-year old girl from Westfield, New York, was the inspiration behind Lincoln’s beard.
  • U.S. Secret Service: Lincoln gave birth to the U.S. Secret Service. However, it is disappointing that he was assassinated in spite of the formation of the Secret Service. Learn that Lincoln was shot the day when he signed the bill for the Secret Service. However, his purpose behind the agency was to stop currency counterfeiting which was highly prevalent at the time. The Secret Service was given the responsibility to protect the commander-in-chief after 1901 when two other presidents were killed.

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