Here are the friends and foes of Abraham Lincoln whose birthdays are in August.

   Robert Todd Lincoln – 1st son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born August 1, 1843. Age 169.

  David Rice Atchison, President of the United States on March 3, 1849  David R. Atchison, President of the United States for one day on Sunday, March 4, 1849. Some believe Atchison was technically President on this day when outgoing President Polk and Vice President Dallas’ terms expired at noon. As well, incoming President-elect Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on the sabboth. Millard Fillmore, the Vice Presidential running mate also was not inaugurated. So Atchison, as President pro tempore of the Senate (3rd in line to the Presidency), was considered by some to be the Acting President for that short period. Born August 11, 1807. Age 205.

 Drummer Boy Johnny "Lincoln" Clem.  John Joseph Klem (aka Johnny Lincoln Clem), the heroic Union army drummer boy who served with the 22nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He joined at age 10 in 1861. Present at the Battle of Chickamauga, he was chased by a Confederate colonel attempting to capture him, when John Klem raised his musket, shot and killed the soldier. After the battle he was nicknamed the “Drummer Boy of Chickamauga”, a name that would give him fame throughout the rest of the war and his life. Born August 13, 1851. Age 161.

       Allan Pinkerton (left), founder of Chicago detective agency, shown here with Abraham Lincoln and Maj. General John A. McClernand at Antietam. Born August 25, 1819. Age 193.

Hannibal Hamlin  Hannibal Hamlin, 15th Vice President of the United States (Lincoln’s VP from 1861-1865). Born August 27, 1809. Age 203.


Oliver Wendell Holmes   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Cambridge, Massachusetts, physician/author. Born August 29, 1809. Age 203




In the FOURTH installment of “Did you know” Abraham Lincoln series, here are a few more unique facts about our 16th President of the United States. 

1. Did you know … that at the time of his election in 1860 in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln and his family owned a dog named FIDO. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the Lincoln’s had to moved to Washington DC, they gave it away to two young neighborhood boys named Frank and Johnny Roll with instructions to take very good care of him. Just before leaving, the Lincoln’s took Fido to a local photographer to have his pictures taken. 

2. Did you know … that Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s oldest son, lived until 1926. In 1922 he retired from politics but made his last public appearance on May 30, 1922 at the dedication ceremony for his father’s memorial in Washington DC (the Lincoln Memorial). 

Chief Justice Taft, President Harding and Robert Lincoln at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922. Chief Justice William Howard Taft (27th President of the United States), President Harding (29th President of the United States), and Robert Lincoln at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922. 

3. Did you know … that Robert Todd Lincoln had a series of strange coincidences that related to Presidential Assassinations. According to Wikipedia, the following facts are listed: 

“There is coincidence in regard to Lincoln and presidential assassinations. He was either present or was nearby when three of them occurred. [4] 

  • Lincoln was invited to accompany his parents to the Ford’s Theatre the night his father was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. Citing fatigue from riding in a covered wagon for an extended period of time, he declined and remained behind at the White House, where he immediately went to bed. He was informed of the President’s being shot just before midnight.

4. Did you know … that even a stranger coincidence exists between Robert Todd Lincoln and the Booth family. According the Abraham Lincoln Research Site, in 1863 or 64, Robert Lincoln fell onto the railroad tracks at a New Jersey train station and was saved by Edwin Booth, John Wilkes older brother.  To read the full story which includes a first hand account by Robert Lincoln, please link to: 





To see the entire series, click here “SUMMARY OF THE “DID YOU KNOW” ABRAHAM LINCOLN SERIES (Parts 1-15)”           



If you are interested in Abraham Lincoln, you should read these interviews by three Lincoln experts: 


“An Awesometalk With” ROGER NORTON, Webmaster of the ‘Abraham Lincoln Research Site’ (posted on December 30, 2008) 



“An Awesometalk With” DR. THOMAS SCHWARTZ, Illinois State Historian (posted on December 08, 2008) 


“An Awesometalk With” HAROLD HOLZER, Lincoln Scholar (posted on November 10, 2008) 



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