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Brief Profile of Abraham Lincoln

Born -- February 12, 1809, near Hodgenville, Kentucky
Middle Name -- None
Parents -- Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln
Siblings -- Sarah (1807-1828), Thomas (1812)
Places Lived -- Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, District of Columbia

Wife -- Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882); married 1842
Children -- Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926), Edward Baker Lincoln (1846-1850), William Wallace Lincoln (1850-1862), Thomas (Tad) Lincoln (1853-1871)
Property Owned -- Iowa and Illinois (home purchase: 1844, Springfield)

Formal Education -- About one year total
Degrees -- Honorary degrees from Knox College (1860), Columbia (1861), Princeton (1864), Illinois College (2009)

Political Party -- Whig (1832-1856), Republican (1856-1865)
Offices Held -- Elected to Illinois General Assembly in 1834, 1836, 1838, 1840; elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1846; elected sixteenth President of the U.S. in 1860 and 1864
Vice Presidents -- Hannibal Hamlin, Andrew Johnson
Presidential Library -- Springfield, Illinois

Non-Political Work -- Farmhand, clerk, flatboatman, store owner, surveyor, postmaster, lawyer
Law Partners -- John T. Stuart (1837-1841), Stephen T. Logan (1841-1844), William B. Herndon (1844-1865)

Military Experience -- Captain and private, Illinois Militia (1832); Commander-in-Chief (1861-1865)

Patent -- Patent #6469 granted May 22, 1849 for device to lift boats over shoals; only U.S. President to own a patent

Most Famous Speeches -- Lyceum Address (1838), "Lost" Speech (1856), House Divided Speech (1858), Debates with Stephen Douglas (1858), Cooper Union Address (1860), First Inaugural Address (1861), Gettysburg Address (1863), Second Inaugural Address (1865)

Appearance -- 6'4", 180 lbs., gray eyes, black hair, size 14 shoe

Death -- Shot by John Wilkes Booth April 14; died April 15, 1865, Washington, D.C.
Burial -- Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois; May 4, 1865


Sources: The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler and The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia by Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Related Links
Lincoln Family Timeline (ALO)
Mary Lincoln Bibliography (National First Ladies' Library)
Mary Lincoln Timeline (ALO)
Timeline of Abraham Lincoln's Life (The History Place)

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