47 Interesting Abraham Lincoln Facts

Last updated on January 3rd, 2019

Abraham Lincoln, known for his determination and perseverance, is the most famous U.S. presidents in history. He became the 16th president of the U.S. on 4th March 1861. With these 47 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln, let’s learn about his life, career, politics, mission, philosophy, and death.

Facts about Lincoln’s childhood, education, family, marriage, religious belief etc

1. Education: Lincoln was a self-educated man. He had little formal education; however, he practiced law. On the other hand, Lincoln’s dad was only literate enough to write his name.

2. He was the second child of his parents. They were farmers and their family lived in Kentucky until 1816.

3. Death of his mother: Lincoln’s mother died from drinking poisoned milk. His father soon married another woman by the name Sarah Bush Johnston, who was a widow. She had a good relation with Abraham and he liked her company as well.

4. Lincoln did not have a middle name.

5. Lincoln also worked as a licensed bartender.

6. Lincoln was an avid hunter.

7. Religion: Lincoln was never a member a member of an organized church. He read bible to learn about Christianity.

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, age 28
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of Abraham Lincoln, age 28. Source – Wikipedia

8. Marriage: In 1842, Lincoln was got married to a 23-year old woman named Mary Todd who was just 5 feet 2 inches while Lincoln was 6 feet 4 inches. They had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady of the United States of America, passed away in 1882.

9. Abraham Lincoln also had a serious girlfriend named Mary. However, they broke up and he later married Mary Todd.

10. Wrestling career: Lincoln was a wrestler and an accomplished one. He lost just one fight out of the 300 he fought. He is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Facts about Lincoln’s: presidency, invention, the formation of the U.S. Secret Service, law practice etc

11. He was a general store owner, postmaster, and lawyer before being elected.

12. U.S. Secret Service: Lincoln gave birth to the U.S. Secret Service. However, it is disappointing that he was assassinated in spite of the formation of the Secret Service. Learn that Lincoln was shot the day when he signed the bill for the Secret Service. However, his purpose behind the agency was to stop currency counterfeiting which was highly prevalent at the time. The Secret Service was given the responsibility to protect the commander-in-chief after 1901 when two other presidents were killed.

13. Lincoln was so famous that a gang of robbers wanted to steal his corpse and demand $200,000 in ransom. However, the Secret Service intervened and prevented the robbers from the act.

14. Politics and science: do not be surprised to learn that Lincoln is the only president to have obtained a patent. Lincoln was awarded the patent for inventing a method to keep ships afloat on shallow water while near the shore. Patent No. 6,469 in 1849 belongs to Lincoln.

15. Lincoln was a keen politician and was passionate about testing rifles used by the U.S. forces. He tested them out in the open outside the White House, which was however not allowed by the law.

16. Escaping death: Lincoln narrowly escaped gunfire in 1864 when Confederate troops attacked Washington, D.C. He was yelled down by Colonel Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

17. Thanksgiving, which is a national holiday, was established by Lincoln. Yeah, we must thank him for the holiday. Shall not we?

18. He liked: Lincoln liked fruits so much that it was his favorite food.

19. Lucky man: Lincoln could have died before his assassination as he was saved twice during his lifetime. But he was not lucky the third time.

20. A career in Law: We told you Lincoln practiced law. He did. Actually, he lost a case before the Supreme Court in 1849.

About Lincoln’s personality, living in the White House, failures, depression, civil war etc

21. Lincoln had huge feet. In fact, his shoe size was between 12 and 14. This is the biggest feet size in the U.S. president history.

22. In the White House: Lincoln did not sleep in his White House bedroom. He used the room as his office.

23. Abraham Lincoln hated to be called “Abe.”

24. Interestingly, Abraham Lincoln used his hat to keep his important documents.

25. Abraham Lincoln was against slavery and was the first politician to believe in the rights of the women to vote.

26. Lincoln had lots of cats in the White House. In fact, he had two cats that he fed on the dinner table. However, his wife did not like the act.

27. Lincoln is known for failures. He failed in his first business and also lost his first bid for a presidential ticket. He lost 5 separate elections before being elected as the president of the U.S.

28. There are more books written about Lincoln than any other American.

29. Depression was Lincoln’s friend during most of his life. He stayed depressed while he lost and fought. However, he never quit.

30. He is the first U.S. president to be assassinated. He has so much of history attuned to his name.

31. He was the president of the U.S. during the Civil War.

32. Lincoln had long legs and did not appear tall when he was seated. Moreover, he was thin and had a beard (the first president to sport a beard while serving in office.) He had one of the most recognizable faces of all the U.S. presidents. An 11-year old girl from Westfield, New York, was the inspiration behind Lincoln’s beard.

33. Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day.

34. Lincoln’s grandfather’s name was also Abraham Linkhorn (Lincoln). He lived between May 1738 and May 1786. Today, there are no confirmed living descendants of Abraham Lincoln.

Facts about Abraham Lincoln’s famous assassination

35. Lincoln was actually a fan of his assassin. John Wilkes Booth, who is better known as Lincoln’s assassin today, was an accomplished actor at the time, and Lincoln was his fan.

36. It was Good Friday, the day he was shot.

37. Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth’s brother saved the life of his son at New Jersey railway station.

38. Before he got assassinated, Abraham Lincoln had dreamt of his assassination.

39. His coffin has been opened 5 times.

40. Lincoln was in coma between the time he was shot and the time he passed away the next morning.

41. Lincoln’s bodyguard John Parker was missing from his position when Lincoln was attacked, and no one knows where he was.

42. Lincoln’s assassin “Booth” was on the run for 12 days after his murder.

43. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater on April 14th, 1865 and he died the following day.

Read the first newspaper article published on 15th April 1865 by The New York Times, declaring the assassination attempt on President Lincoln.  

The connection between “Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy”

Here are a few facts that establish some sort of connection between the two popular U.S. presidents.

44. Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were both shot in the head on a Friday.

45. Their successors were named Johnson. Lincoln’s was Andrew Johnson, Kennedy’s was Lyndon Johnson.

46. Lincoln was shot in a theater named Ford, Kennedy was shot in a car (a Lincoln) made by Ford.

47. The names Lincoln and Kennedy both contain seven letters.

Famous and inspirational quotes by Abraham Lincoln

  • “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” 
  • “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” 
  • “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
  • “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
  •  “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
  • Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
  • “Whatever you are, be a good one.” 
  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
  • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”
  • “If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” 
  • “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” 
  • “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.”
  • “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” 
  • “No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.” 
  • “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”
  • “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
  • “Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.”
  • “My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” 
  • “Everybody likes a compliment.” 
  • “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” 
  • “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
  • “A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.”

Abraham Lincoln – Quick facts

BornFebruary 12, 1809
Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedApril 15, 1865
Petersen House,
Washington, D.C., U.S.
NicknameHonest Abe
SpouseMary Todd Lincoln
ChildrenRobert, Edward, William, Thomas
Languages KnownEnglish
Age at the time of death56 years
Field of workLawyer and politician
Best known for16th President of the United States.
In office:
March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
Cause of Death Assassinated by John Wilkes Booth using a Philadelphia Deringer pistol
Resting placeLincoln Tomb, Oak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.