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Portrait, Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

16th President of the United States
(March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865)

Nicknames: "Honest Abe"; "Illinois Rail Splitter"

Born: February 12, 1809, in Hardin (now Larue) County, Kentucky
Died: April 15, 1865, at Petersen's Boarding House in Washington, D.C.

Father: Thomas Lincoln
Mother: Nancy Hanks Lincoln
Stepmother: Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln
Married: Mary Todd (1818-1882), on November 4, 1842
Children: Robert 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
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

Presidential Salary: $25,000/year

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1860 Abraham Lincoln 1,865,593 180
848,356 72
John Bell 592,906 39
Stephen A. Douglas 1,382,713 12
1864 Abraham Lincoln 2,206,938 212
George B. McClellan 1,803,787 21
(Votes Not Cast) 81

Vice Presidents: Hannibal Hamlin (1861-65); tiny U.S. flag Andrew Johnson (1865)

Cabinet:

Secretary of State
William H. Seward (1861-65)
Secretary of the Treasury
Salmon P. Chase (1861-64)
William P. Fessenden (1864-65)
Hugh McCulloch (1865)
Secretary of War
Simon Cameron (1861-62)
Edwin M. Stanton (1862-65)
Attorney General
Edward Bates (1861-64)
James Speed (1864-65)
Postmaster General
Montgomery Blair (1861-64)
William Dennison (1864-65)
Secretary of the Navy
Gideon Welles (1861-65)
Secretary of the Interior
Caleb B. Smith (1861-63)
John P. Usher (1863-65)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

Abraham Lincoln -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Abraham Lincoln -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta
An encyclopedia entry from MSN Encarta.
Abraham Lincoln -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
Abraham Lincoln's Obituary -- from Dead Presidents
The text from page 1 of The New York Times, April 16, 1865. Placed on the web by Manus Hand.
Abraham Lincoln -- from History Place
History of Abraham Lincoln in a timeline format with photographs. Hypertext links add more detail to the issues of the time.
On Abraham Lincoln -- from the Secular Web
This detailed biographical narrative written by Robert Green Ingersoll in 1894.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1861)
Second Inaugural Address (1865)
Lyceum Address (1838)
House Divided Speech (1858)
Lincoln's Autobiography (1860)
Cooper Union Address (1860)
Farewell Address (1861)
Addresses to the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly (1861)
Address in Independence Hall (1861)
Proclamation Calling Militia and Convening Congress (1861)
Proclamation of Blockade Against Southern Ports (1861)
Letter to Horace Greeley (1862)
Meditation on the Divine Will (1862)
Emancipation Proclamation (1863)
Thanksgiving Proclamation (1863)
Gettysburg Address (1863)
Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (1863)
The Writings of Abraham Lincoln

Other Internet Resources:

Abraham Lincoln's Assassination
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 Historic Site
Tourist information on the 116.5-acre park that commemorates the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Located in Hogenville, Kentucky.
Assassination 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.
Ford's Theater
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 Memorial
Tourist information for this Lincoln City, Indiana site where Lincoln spent fourteen years of his life growing up.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Visitors information on the only home Lincoln ever owned. Located in Springfield, Illinois.
Lincoln Log Cabin
Located near Charleston, Illinois. Tourist information and history of the cabin can be found here.
Lincoln Memorial
Tribute to the 16th President of the United States. Located in Washington, D.C. From the National Park Service.
Lincoln Museum
Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This site has exibits, myths and legends, and frequently asked questions about Lincoln. Visitor and class tour information available.
Lincoln Tomb State Historical Site
The burial site of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and three of their four children. A virtual tour, as well as tourist information, can be found on this site.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate 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.
Lincoln-Herndon 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.
Mount Rushmore
Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the faces of tiny U.S. flag Washington, tiny U.S. flag Jefferson, Lincoln and tiny U.S. flag 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:


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