Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fun Facts About Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy, Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln helped begin the Republican Party.

Abraham Lincoln was born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, on February 12, 1809. They were both uneducated farmers.

Lincoln was 6’4”, making him our country’s tallest president.  

Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. Standing close to Lincoln in the photo is his future assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

Lincoln's ancestry is mapped down to Samuel Lincoln. Samuel had come to Massachusetts in the 17th century, from England.

He had no middle name.

He created a national banking system with the National Banking Act in 1863, resulting in a standardized currency.

Lincoln was fond of pets, and owned horses, cats, dogs and a turkey.

He was the first president to have a beard.

 Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address made at the end of the Civil War is one of the most oft repeated speeches throughout history.


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