10 Interesting Facts About Abraham Lincoln
You might be interested in these facts about Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led his country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis – the American Civil War – preserving the Union, while ending slavery, and promoting economic and financial modernization. Here are 10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln.
1. In 1842 Lincoln married Mary Todd and the couple had four sons, Robert, Edward, William and Thomas. Facts about Abraham Lincoln, he shared special relationships with Ann Rutledge, Mary Owens before he got engaged to Mary Todd.
2. Facts about Abraham Lincoln, he was the 16th President of the United States. In the 1860 presidential elections which he won, Lincoln did not campaign on-road, instead he resorted to the distribution of posters, leaflets and newspaper editorials.
3. Lincoln closely supervised the selection of top generals, during the civil war. Facts about Abraham Lincoln, he was not only instrumental in defusing the Trent Affair with Britain in 1861, but also integrated the border slave states within the Union very successfully.
4. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the most quoted political speeches in history. It marked the end of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. The speech was made on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
5. Facts about Abraham Lincolnthat Edwin Booth, the older brother of John Wilkes Booth who had assassinated Abraham Lincoln, had actually saved the life of Robert, one of Abraham Lincoln’s sons. Edwin had pulled Robert to safety when he fell into the space between an approaching train and the platform in 1864, in Jersey City.
6. Facts about Abraham Lincoln was an inventor. Lincoln was the first and only president to ever obtain a patent. He was mechanically inclined and like to take things apart just to see how they worked. In 1849, he got a patent for a device to lift ships over shoals by way of a buoying mechanism. His invention, US Patent No. 6,469 never made it into practical use.
7. Lincoln fought in the Civil War. Facts about Abraham Lincoln felt as the leader of the nation’s military, the president should be fighting in the Civil War but obviously couldn’t because of his duties. When J. Summerfield Staples heard this, he volunteered to fight as a substitute for Lincoln. Staples was the son of an Army chaplain and both he and his father fought in and survived the war.
8. Lincoln supported women’s rights. Facts about Abraham Lincoln was the first major political figure to suggest extending the right to vote to women. Twelve years before the first woman’s rights convention occurred, Lincoln, then a state legislator, made a statement to an Illinois paper supporting “female suffrage”.
9. Lincoln’s son was a Presidential death magnet. Robert Lincoln was close to three separate presidential assassinations. He was invited to Ford Theater the night his father was assassinated. However, he had declined the invitation and remained at the White House instead. He was invited to meet President James Garfield at a train station in Washington, D.C. where he was an eyewitness to Garfield’s assassination. Robert was also invited to a New York fair, where he was present at the time President William McKinley was assassinated.
10. Lincoln had a premonition he would be killed. Not long before he was assassinated, Lincoln spoke of a dream where he heard someone weeping in the White House. When he found the room it was coming from, he asked who had died. He was told it was the president. Facts about Abraham Lincoln approached the coffin to peer in and saw his own face.