16th President of the United States
(March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865)
Nicknames: "Honest Abe"; "Illinois
Born: February 12, 1809, in Hardin
(now Larue) County, Kentucky
Died: April 15, 1865, at Petersen's
Boarding House in Washington, D.C.
Bush Johnston Lincoln
Todd (1818-1882), on November
Todd Lincoln (1843-1926); Edward
Baker Lincoln (1846-50); William
Wallace Lincoln (1850-62); Thomas
"Tad" Lincoln (1853-71)
Religion: No formal affiliation
Education: No formal education
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
Presidential Salary: $25,000/year
- Elected to Illinois State Legislature, 1834
- Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1847-49
Presidential Election Results:
Vice Presidents: Hannibal
Hamlin (1861-65); Andrew
(Votes Not Cast)
- Secretary of State
- William H. Seward
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Salmon P. Chase
P. Fessenden (1864-65)
- Hugh McCulloch
- Secretary of War
M. Stanton (1862-65)
- Attorney General
- Edward Bates
- Postmaster General
- Montgomery Blair
- Secretary of the Navy
- Secretary of the Interior
- Caleb B. Smith
- John P.
Notable Events:Compiled by the White House.
Lincoln -- from The
Grolier Online has created this
resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana.
Contains a full biography, written by Benjamin P. Thomas, author of
"Abraham Lincoln: A Biography" and Harry C. Black, Professor of
History and Director of the Institute of Southern History, The Johns Hopkins
University, along with suggestions for further reading.
Lincoln -- from The
From the PBS series The American President, this biography covers his early
life, his presidency, and his legacy. Also includes quotations, links to other
websites, and lesson plans.
Lincoln -- from DiscoverySchool.com
Complete biography powered by World Book Online.
Lincoln's Obituary -- from Dead
The text from page 1 of The New York Times, April 16, 1865. Placed
on the web by Manus Hand.
-- from History Place
History of Abraham Lincoln in a timeline format with photographs. Hypertext
links add more detail to the issues of the time.
Abraham Lincoln -- from the Secular Web
This detailed biographical narrative written by Robert
Green Ingersoll in 1894.
Lincoln -- from The
Presidents of the United States of America
Second Inaugural Address
Union Address (1860)
to the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly (1861)
in Independence Hall (1861)
Calling Militia and Convening Congress (1861)
of Blockade Against Southern Ports (1861)
to Horace Greeley (1862)
on the Divine Will (1862)
Amnesty and Reconstruction (1863)
Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Other Internet Resources:
Created by Roger Norton, a retired American History teacher, this site
provides information on the assassination, as well as profiles of Booth and
the other co-conspirators in Lincoln's death. There are other unusual facts
here on the assassination.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National
Tourist information on the 116.5-acre park that commemorates the birthplace
of Abraham Lincoln. Located in Hogenville, Kentucky.
of President Lincoln And the Trial of the Assassins
This site illustrates and presents a 50 page paper of Brigadier-General
Henry L. Burnett's memories of the Lincoln Assassination Trial at which he
served as special judge advocate. The paper was discovered in a file on Gen.
Burnett in the library at Goshen NY, the town in which Gen. Burnett lived at
the end of his life. Created by Mary S. Van Deusen.
The Washington, D.C. theater where Lincoln was shot. This site by the National
Park Service contains history, virtual tours, tourist information and a
list of related web sites.
Lincoln Boyhood National
Tourist information for this Lincoln City, Indiana site where Lincoln spent
fourteen years of his life growing up.
Home National Historic Site
Visitors information on the only home Lincoln ever owned. Located in
Located near Charleston, Illinois. Tourist information and history of the
cabin can be found here.
Tribute to the 16th President of the United States. Located in Washington,
D.C. From the National Park Service.
Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This site has exibits, myths and legends,
and frequently asked questions about Lincoln. Visitor and class tour
State Historical Site
The burial site of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their four
children. Information on it's construction and preservation, as well as
tourist information, can be found at this web site.
While running for the U.S. Senate in 1856, Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas
debated seven times throughout the state of Illinois. Here are the locations
that those debates took place.
Law Offices State Historic Site
The only one of three law offices of Lincoln's still standing. Tourist
information on this Springfield, Illinois site also available.
Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the faces of Washington,
Lincoln and Teddy
Roosevelt stand 60 feet tall.
Petersen's Boarding House
The house where Lincoln died. Narratives and photos of the place where
Lincoln spent his last few hours.
Points of Interest:
- Lincoln was the first president to die by
Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of "Our American
Cousin" at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The same play was also
running at the McVerick Theatre in Chicago on May 18, 1860, the day Lincoln
was nominated for president in that city.
The contents of his pockets on the night of his assassination weren't
revealed until February 12, 1976. They contained two pairs of spectacles, a
chamois lens cleaner, an ivory and silver pocketknife, a large white Irish
linen handkerchief, slightly used, with "A. Lincoln" embroidered in
red, a gold quartz watch fob without a watch, a new silk-lined, leather wallet
containing a pencil, a Confederate five-dollar bill, and news clippings of
unrest in the Confederate army, emancipation in Missouri, the Union party
platform of 1864, and an article on the presidency by John Bright.
At 6 foot, 4 inches, Lincoln was the tallest president.
Abe Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died when the family dairy cow
ate poisonous mushrooms and she drank the milk.
Lincoln had a wart on his right cheek, a scar on his thumb from an ax
accident, and a scar over his right eye from a fight with a gang of thieves.
Mrs. Lincoln's brother, half-brothers, and brothers-in-law fought in the
Lincoln was the only president to receive a patent, for a device for lifting
boats over shoals.
He was the first president to wear a beard.
During the Civil War, telegraph wires were strung to follow the action on
the battlefield. But there was no telegraph office in the White House, so
Lincoln went across the street to the War Department to get the news.
He was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. John
Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be seen standing close to Lincoln in the
Lincoln and his wife held seances in the White House. They had great
interest in psychic phenomena.
His son, Robert,
who was in Washington when his father was killed, was also on the scene when Garfield
was shot in 1881 and McKinley
was assassinated in 1901.
Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original
Lincoln loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe.