I’ve loved learning about the life and history of President Abraham Lincoln. We celebrate President’s Day today and President Lincoln was by far my favorite President. Did you know that he hated being called Abe? Did you know he didn’t have a middle name? Did you know that he is the first President with a beard? Did you know that he was the President who established Thanksgiving as a National Holiday?
President Lincoln was a great man who overcame a lot on his road to the White house as our 16th President.
Here are a few other facts about President Lincoln that you may find interesting:
- He stood 6′ 4″ tall and had a size 14 shoe
- He loved animals
- His mother was killed by poison milk in 1818
- 1831 he failed in business
- 1832 Ran for state legislature and lost also applied to law school and was denied
- 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to start a business and went bankrupt
- 1835 Was engaged to be married and his sweetheart died, he was heartbroken
- 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for 6 months
- 1838 Sought to be speaker of the Legislature and was defeated
- 1840 Sought to become elector-defeated
- 1843 Ran for Congress-defeated
- 1846 Ran for Congress again and won and did a good job
- 1848 Ran for Congress again but lost
- 1849 Sought the job of land officer in Illinois-lost
- 1854 Ran for Senate of US-lost
- 1856 Sought the VP Nomination of US-lost
- 1858 Ran for US Senate again-lost again
- 1860 Elected President of the United States of America
Most modern day Americans voted President Lincoln the greatest of all American Presidents.
Through all his defeats, losses and heartaches, he always got back up and tried again! He never quit! He never gave up! In my opinion President Lincoln epitomizes all that America is! He overcame adversity and despair and lead America during the darkest of times (the Civil War where over 600,000 lives were lost).
I am so thankful for President Lincoln, for his life, leadership and tenacity to dust himself off when he was knocked down. He got up every time and made a difference in lives and our country, helping to abolish slavery and he was a strong advocate for women’s right to vote long before it ever happened in our Nation.