Wife: Mary Todd (1818-1882), on November 4, 1842
Kids: Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926); Edward
Baker Lincoln (1846-50); William Wallace Lincoln (1850-62);
Thomas "Tad" Lincoln (1853-71)
Pets: Jack the turkey; goats named Nanny and
Nanko; ponies; cats; dogs; pigs; a white rabbit
Bio: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was the 16th
president of the United States. "Abe" Lincoln
was born into poverty on a farm near Hodgenville, Ky.,
on Feb. 12, 1809. He was mainly self-educated, but sometimes
was able to attend classes in a log schoolhouse two
miles from home. He had a hard childhood, filled with
farm chores and few friends.
As a young man, he grew tall and strong, and became
very interested in learning. He traveled over the countryside
to borrow books. Among those he
read were Robinson Crusoe and Aesop's Fables. The Bible
was the only book is family owned.
In 1834, Lincoln was elected to the Illinois House of
Representatives, and he was re-elected in 1836, 1838,
and 1840. His political party was called "The Whigs."
He had been studying law, and he obtained a lawyers
license in 1836. It was around this time that he garnered
the nickname, "Honest Abe," because he always
worked hard to pay off his debts. On Nov. 4, 1842, Lincoln
married Mary Todd. Brought up in Lexington, Ky., she
had an excellent education and cultural background.
In 1861, Lincoln became president with almost 2 million
votes. The government was in chaos at that time because
the Southern states were trying to secede from the Union.
Strongly opposed to slavery, Lincoln signed the Emancipation
Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. In January, 1865, the
13th Amendment, forever abolishing slavery, was completed.
In April 1865 the President was shot by the actor John
Wilkes Booth while attending a performance at Ford's
Theater in Washington. He died at 7:22 the following
morning, April 15, 1865. After lying in state in the
Capitol, his body was taken to Springfield, Ill., where
he was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery.