New Lincoln Movie Hits Theaters Nov. 16, So How Well Do You Know Your Lincoln Facts?

November 14, 2012
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Lincoln at age 54

Lincoln at age 54

• At 6′ 4” Lincoln was the tallest U.S president.

• Lincoln’s hat size was 7 1/8. His shoe size is listed as between 12 and 14.

• Lincoln weighed approximately 180 pounds.

• Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies and the first president born in Kentucky.

• Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress, establishing the U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 15, 1862.

• Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, with the first one being celebrated on November 26, 1863.

• Lincoln vetoed or pocket vetoed only seven bills during his presidency.

• Lincoln was never photographed with his wife Mary, or with his family.

• There are about 130 different original photographs taken of Abraham Lincoln.

• One of Lincoln’s favorite books from the bible was Psalms; his favorite poem was “Mortality” (1828) by William Knox.

• On November 9, 1863, Lincoln attended and sat in the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre to see “The Marble Heart” starring John Wilkes Booth.

• Abraham Lincoln died without a will. His estate, worth approximately $85,000, was divided into thirds: a third for his widow (Mary Todd), and a third for each of his sons.

• As a lawyer, Lincoln argued one case before the United States Supreme Court: In 1849, Lincoln argued in front of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney and the associate justices of the Supreme Court in the case of Lewis v. Lewis.

• The carriage used by the Lincoln’s on the night of the assassination is on display at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana; The Chicago History Museum acquired the bed (from the Petersen Boarding House across from Ford’s Theatre) where Lincoln died.

• On May 30, 1859, Abraham Lincoln purchased the German language newspaper in Springfield, the Illinois Staats-Anzeiger for $400. He sold the newspaper on December 6, 1860.

• The last direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, the great-grandson of the 16th President, passed away on December 24, 1985. He was 81 and died in a nursing home in Saluda, about 45 miles from Richmond, Virginia.

• The Lincoln Penny was first issued in 1909 to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday, making it the first coin to display a U.S. president.

• Abraham Lincoln’s salary as president was $25,000 a year.

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