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16th President

Term- March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865

Republican Party

 Birth: Sinking Spring Farm, Hardin County, Kentucky, February 12, 1809.

Ancestry: English

Marriage: Springfield, Illinois, November 4, 1842 to Mary Todd, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky, December 13, 1818. Mary died in Springfield, Illinois, July 16, 1882, and is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.

Children: Robert Todd (1843-1926); Edward Baker (1846-1850); William Wallace (1850-1862); Thomas ("Tad")(1852-1871).

Home: Eighth & Jackson Streets, Springfield, Illinois.

Education: Tutors, self-educated.

Religion: No specific denomination.

Occupation before Presidency: Store Clerk; store owner; ferry pilot; surveyor; postmaster; lawyer.

Military Service: Served in volunteer company for three months during Black Hawk War (1832).

Pre-Presidential Offices: Member of Illinois General Assembly; Member of U.S. House of Representatives.

Age at Inauguration: 52

First Administration: Vice President: Hannibal Hamlin of Maine, Inauguration March 4, 1861, The Capital, Washington, D.C.

Second Administration: Vice President: Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, Inauguration March 4, 1865, The Capital, Washington, D.C.

Death: Washington, D.C., April 15, 1865.

Cause of Death: Assassination at age 56. Shot by John Wilkes Booth, April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Place of Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.

 Interesting Facts:

Lincoln was a passionate reader, and would walk as far as twenty miles to get books. Being self-educated he taught himself law and became a successful lawyer. His speeches and writings are legend, including his Gettysburg Address and his Emancipation Proclamation, which directed that all slaves be freed.

President Lincoln once signed a check that was merely endorsed to a one-legged colored man.

Tragically, there are three similarities in the assassinations of President Lincoln and President Kennedy. They were both shot on a Friday, in the back of the head, while sitting next to their wives.

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