AS OF MAY 2012
Here are some May birthdays for Lincoln’s friends and foes. And perhaps a few who lived before, during or just after his time.
Mary Surratt – Lincoln conspirator. Born in May (or June), 1823. Age 189.
Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler and 1st lady of the United States (1844-45). Born May 4, 1820. Age 192.
Karl Marx, Communist philosopher. Born May 5, 1818. Age 194.
Julia Ward Howe, writer of ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’ which was first published 1862. Born May 27, 1819. Age 193.
Peter Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Russian Composer. Born May 7, 1840. Age 172.
John Brown, abolitionist who led attack on Harper’s Ferry. Hanged in 1859. Born May, 9, 1800. Age 212.
John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. He witnessed John Browns hanging in 1859. Born May 10, 1838. Age 174.
Florence Nightingale, Italian nurse. May 12, 1820. Age 192.
William Henry Seward, Secretary of State (1861-69). Born May 16, 1801. Age 211.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, US writer. Born May 25, 1803. Age 209.
James Butler ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, American cowboy and scout. Born May 27, 1837. Age 175.
Walt Whitman, US Poet. Born May 31, 1819. Age 193.
Happy birthday ladies and gentlemen.
Also, I want to wish my daughter Madeleine a very Happy Birthday. Born May 15, 1992. Age 20. Love you kiddo!
NOTE: If you notice any errors (or mistakes in the age calculations) blame me, laugh, and then feel free to comment with the correct information.