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Fun Presidential Facts – Abraham Lincoln

Here are some quick facts, opinions, quotes and other information on President Abraham Lincoln

 

Personal Information on Abraham Lincoln:

  • Sixteenth President (1861-1865)
  • Birthday: February 12, 1809 (Sunday)
  • Birthplace: Hardin County, Kentucky
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Birthplace website: Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace
  • Date of Death: April 15, 1865 (Saturday)

Interesting Abraham Lincoln facts:

  1. Although President Donald Trump is the only President in a Wrestling Hall of Fame (inducted into the WWE {World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.} in 2013), he is not the first wrestling President. That honor might belong to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was known as a great wrestler from New Salem, Illinois. Stephen Douglas would bring it up in the debate for the US Senate. Douglas, who was actually a good friend of Lincoln’s, would say, “He could beat any boy at wrestling.” When some supporters put together a campaign biography of Lincoln, they also included a note about the wrestling lore.
  2. It is believed by some that Lincoln’s first love was a woman named Anne Rutledge. Rutledge was engaged to a troublemaker named John MacNamar, who left town on some business. While he was gone, Lincoln and Rutledge supposedly fell in love. Rutledge mailed MacNamar a plea to be released from her engagement. The letters between Rutledge and MacNamar became less and less frequent, so apparently they broke up. Anne would die a short time later, at the age of twenty-two years old. Lincoln entered a deep depression. There was even a suicide poem written to a local newspaper on the third anniversary of Anne’s death, which many attribute to Lincoln. When Anne Rutledge’s body was moved to a new grave at Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois, the words of a Edgar Lee Masters’ poem were engraved in the granite tombstone. Two lines from the poem were: “I am Ann Rutledge who sleeps beneath these weeds, Beloved in life of Abraham Lincoln.”
  3. Most of the Presidents have either been an Aquarius or a Scorpio. There have been five each born under those Zodiac signs. Abraham Lincoln was one of the five who was an Aquarius. The other four Aquarius Presidents are: William Henry Harrison, William McKinley, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.

My favorite Abraham Lincoln Quotes:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

Abraham Lincoln blogs (click the title to go to that page):

Abraham Lincoln page on Presidential Crossroads (click “Abraham Lincoln” below):
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Blogs:

His Death Dream

The Old Soldiers Home

Depression

His Death

Dealing with Contradictory People

His Relationship with General Grant

William Henry Harrison – The Curse of Tecumseh

Robert Todd Lincoln – Near Three Presidential Assassinations

The Duel

What similar trait do I have with Presidents Polk through Hayes

Personal thoughts on Abraham Lincoln:

Strengths:

Confidence, Strong Leadership, Wisdom, Saw the potential in others, Loved America

Weaknesses:

Sometimes too patient, Some became impatient with his humor

Presidential Greatness Scale (1-poor to 5-great): 5

Comments:

In my opinion, Abraham Lincoln is the best President we have ever had. Where George Washington gets real high marks for probably being the only person, in his time, that could keep the country together; Lincoln is the only President who kept an actual divided country together. His sense of humor, his wise quotes, and his parable-like stories still inspire us. Like Washington, Lincoln knew that not all those who were around him were on his side, but he saw the talent they brought to the table. Lincoln knew that people didn’t have to agree with him to contribute to the direction of the nation. Most of all, Lincoln wanted to keep our nation together. Lincoln understood something that is really missing in democracy today: in a democracy you don’t always win all the time. Democracy is about give and take. Democracy is not about running away or getting mad because you don’t get your way all the time.

Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin

Team of Rivals – Doris Kearns Goodwin

Favorite Abraham Lincoln book:

Team of Rivals, The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Favorite Abraham Lincoln story:

My favorite Abraham Lincoln story is walking up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC with my grandson. Just watching my grandson’s expression of awe when he looked up upon the face of Lincoln as Lincoln sat in his chair touched my heart so much. Then, to this day, when I ask my grandson who his favorite President is, he never hesitates to say it is Abraham Lincoln.

Favorite Abraham Lincoln memory:

This is a really hard one because I have done so many awesome Abraham Lincoln things. If I had to pick though, I would have to say it is seeing the play “Shenandoah” at Ford’s Theatre (where Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth). “Shenandoah” was a musical about the Civil War. It was an eerie feeling to hear the battle gunshots go off in the play and look up at the flag draped Presidential box where Lincoln would have been sitting when he was shot.

Favorite Abraham Lincoln possession (see picture at the top):

The Abraham Lincoln bobblehead I got in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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