I was born on February 12, 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky. My father was Thomas Lincoln
and my mother was Nancy Hanks. When I was nine years old my mother died. My father later mar-
ried Sarah Bush Johnston, who, proved to be a wonderful influence as she encouraged me to study
I had a sister, Sarah, and a little brother, Thomas, who died in infancy. My total formal education
amounted to a little less than a year. I went to school a little bit at a time and had six different
When I grew to manhood, my height was 6' 4" and I weighed 180 pounds. In 1842, I married
Mary Todd in Springfield, Illinois. She also was from Kentucky originally. We had four children:
Robert Todd, Edward Baker, William Wallace and Thomas (Tad).
I was first elected to political office in 1834 when I won a seat in the Illinois state legislature. I
served four terms there. In 1846 I was elected to serve as a U.S. Congressman. Then in 1860, I was
the choice of the nation to become President. I served in that highest office from 1861 to 1865.
(Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, after having been shot by John Wilkes Booth on the previous
evening at Ford's Theater).
SOME ABRAHAM LINCOLN FIRSTS AND ONLYS
• Abraham Lincoln was the first President born beyond the boundaries of the original 13
• He was the tallest President at 6' 4". Weighing in at 180 pounds., he wore a size 14 boot and a
7 1/8 hat. (No wonder he was tabbed “Tall Sucker” and “Long Abraham”).
• Our 16th President was the first to be nominated in a building erected especially to house a
political convention. This was the Wigwam on Lake Street in Chicago, Illinois, built for the
Second Republican Party Convention which met May 16th-18th, 1860.
• “Long Abraham” was the first Republican Party President. He was inaugurated on March 4,
• Clean-shaven until he was fifty-one years of age, Lincoln was the first President to sport a
beard. Grace Bedell, an eleven-year-old girl from Westfield, New York, seems to hav