On April 15, 1865 Abraham Lincoln, a patriot, statesman and uniter, died. Lincoln led the United States through the Civil War — its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. With his perseverance, he helped to preserve the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. ~April 18, 1864 Address at Baltimore
Here are some interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln:
- He was born on February 12th 1809, and died April 15th 1865 at the age of 56.
- He had no middle name.
- Lincoln only had 18 months of formal education.
- His party was Republican and he was president for four years from 1861-1865, when he was assassinated.
- His vice presidents where Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson.
- He was preceded by James Buchanan and succeeded by Andrew Johnson.
- He had four children, Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, Tad Lincoln. Only Robert Todd Lincoln survived into adulthood.
- Robert Lincoln, the only son of Abraham Lincoln who would live to raise a family of his own was almost killed at a train station in New Jersey near the start of the Civil War. He slipped from a platform and would have fallen in front of the carriage had he not been grabbed by the collar and pulled to safety by Edwin Booth. Later Edwin’s brother would shoot and kill Abraham Lincoln.
- He created a national banking system with the National Banking Act in 1863, resulting in a standardized currency.
- He was the tallest U.S president at 6’4″.
- He patented a system to alter buoyancy of steamboats in 1849.
- He was the first president to have a beard.
- One week before his death, he had a dream of someone crying in the White House, when he found the room; he looked in and asked who had passed away. The man in the room said the President. When he looked in the coffin it was his own face he saw.
I wonder what Mr. Lincoln would think about our Republic 150 years later. The GOP is clearly no longer the “party of Lincoln”. And while the current administration also likes to namedrop Mr. Lincoln, they do so only because it sounds good. To both parties he would probably advise:
Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles.
~ August 27, 1856 Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan
At *your* service,