Saturday, February 12, 2011 | By: Watson

Happy Birthday Mr. President - Abraham Lincoln

"Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865." He was born in Kentucky,  son of Thomas and of Nancy Hanks and died in Washington D.C.

On 4 Nov 1842  he married Mary Ann Todd (December 13,1818  - July 16, 1882 ), in Springfield, Illinois, USA who was the daughter of banker Robert Smith Todd (1791) and  Elizabeth Parker (1794). Mary eventually suffered depression after the deaths of sons and assassination of her husband.

He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield Illinois along with his wife and children, Edward, (10 Mar 1846 - 1 Feb. 1850), William (21 Dec 1850 - 20 Feb 1862), and Thomas (4 Apr. 1853 - 15 Jul 1851).  Robert (1 Aug 1843 - 26 Jul 1926), the oldest and the only son to live to see adulthood is buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with his wife and son.

Donald Greyfield wrote a wonderful piece on Find a Grave that summaries the life of President Lincoln and is worth a read.  

Sources: Wikipedia , Ancestry, Find a Grave

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Gini said...

Great post Watson. I have always loved Lincoln's history.

Watson said...

Thanks Gini! I have also always found Lincoln history fascinating.

Janice said...

Very nice Watson. Last year New Hampshire celebrated the sesquicentennial anniversary of Lincoln's visit, when he was campaigning and had not yet been nominated for the presidency.

The find-a-grave article was well written also!


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