Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.


He was born on February 12th 1809 in Hardin County Kentucky and died April 15th 1865 at the age of fifty six.

His home state is Illinois and he ran a store in New Salem.

His party was Republican and he was president for four years from 1861-1865, when he was assassinated.

Abraham had four children, Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, Tad Lincoln. Only Robert Todd Lincoln survived into adulthood.

Lincoln was fond of pets, and owned horses, cats, dogs and a turkey. Even though he was strong, a talented wrestler, and proficient with an axe, he disliked killing and harming animals, even for food.

His birth mother died from milk sickness. (A rare disease caused by consuming dairy or meat products from cattle that have eaten any of various poisonous weeds.) His father remarried. Abraham was very close to his step mother.

He had deep depression, even though he would frequently tell stories and jokes to friends and family.

On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy. It was the crowning achievement of his administration. The original autograph was lost in the Chicago fire of 1871. Surviving photographs of the document show it primarily in Lincoln's own hand.

He never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

One week before his death, had a dream of someone crying in the White House, when he found the room; he looked in and asked who had passed away. The man in the room said the President. When he looked in the coffin it was his own face he saw.

He was the first president to be assassinated. It happened on Good Friday, April 14th 1865 at Ford's Theatre in Washington DC. The assassin was John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South by murdering the president.

"We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny."

~Abraham Lincoln Address at Sanitary Fair, Baltimore, Maryland (April 18, 1864)


Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Happy Birthday Mister President!!!

Thanks for all the info on this great President!!!


Primitive Stars said...

Morning, so very interesting Karin, was a wonderful man, Blessings Francine.

jennifer768 said...

Happy Birthday President Lincoln! He is one of my favorite presidents.I have visited his birthplace many times and always enjoy it.A lovely and informative post.Thanks so much for sharing it.Blessings,Jen

Peri said...

Thanks for the reminder about who Lincoln was and what he actually did. Too many people today think the holiday is just because he was killed in office and even more think the holiday is just for sales and specials at car dealerships!

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