HOW OLD WAS ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHEN …

February 14, 2010: Barry Cauchon

HOW OLD WAS ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHEN …

1. … he won the first of four straight terms in the Illinois State Legislature? The year was 1834 and Lincoln was 25 years old.

2. … he his brother and sister passed away? Abraham Lincoln had one brother and sister, Thomas and Sarah. Thomas died in infancy sometime between 1811 to as late as 1815 (real date unknown). Sarah was two years older than Abraham. She died during childbirth three weeks before her 21st birthday on January 21, 1828. Abe would have been somewhere between the ages of 2 and 6 when his brother died, and almost 19 when his sister died.

3. … he had his first love? Abraham Lincoln first love may have been Ann Mayes Rutledge but there is no concrete evidence to support this. It is assumed that they were at least good friends sometime between 1830 and 1835, when Ann died at the young age of 22 years old. Lincoln would have been between the ages of 21 and 26 years old during this period.

4. … he proposed to a woman named Mary Owens? 1837 was the year that Abraham Lincoln proposed to Mary Owens. To his surprise and disappointment she turned him down. Abraham was 28.

5. … he first met Mary Ann Todd, his future Mrs. Lincoln? It was in 1839 and Abe was 30.

6. … he and Mary got engaged? It was in the fall of 1840 which would make Lincoln 31 years old.

7. … he broke of his engagement with Mary Todd (a lot of you didn’t know that, did you)? It was in 1841 and Abraham Lincoln would have been 32 years old.

8. …he faced down James Shields in a duel. It was on Sept 22, 1842 and after calmer  heads prevailed, the duel was called off. Mr. Lincoln was 33 years old.

9. … married Mary Todd.  The date was Nov 4, 1842 and Abraham was 33 years old. Mary would be his wife  for  the next 22-1/2 years until his assassination in 1865.

10. …he was elected as President of the United States for his first term? Lincoln was elected to office on November 6, 1860 when he was 51 years old.

11. …he was elected as President of the United States for his second term? Lincoln was elected for a second term on November 6, 1864 when he was 55 years old.

12. …he was assassinated on April 14, 1865? Lincoln was 56 years old.

Thank you.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

DID YOU KNOW (Part 3) ABRAHAM LINCOLN

In the third installment of this series, I will tickle your noodle with a few short, but true “Did you know” statements.

1. Did you know … that Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather was named Abraham Lincoln?

2. Did you know …that Abraham Lincoln’s father and mother were named Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln. The twist here is that the famous actor Tom Hanks (see the connection?) is a direct descendant from Abraham Lincoln through his mother’s side, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. For the record, he is the third cousin, four times removed. Sorry, but even I can’t trace that one. But it’s true!

3. Did you know … that Abraham Lincoln spoke in a high pitched voice with a Kentucky accent? This is a far cry from the Disney version seen in movies, where he is presented using a deep, commanding voice as would befit the President of the United States. What if Disney had decided to accurately portray Mr. Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address in his real voice. Do you think it would have sounded a lot like Mickey Mouse? One may never know. 

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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

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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)

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“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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