Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, President Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, Republican candidate for the presidency, 1860
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February 12

Abraham Lincoln's

Abraham Lincoln was one of those well loved, and highly cherished American presidents that has earned a timeless place in our history books. Abraham Lincoln's fame only increased after he died on April 15, 1865 at the Peterson's House in Washington, D.C. What is it about this man that fascinates us? Even after his death, people continued to talk about him, name building, schools, streets, and even towns after him. Books, screenplays, television shows and plays were written about him. Artists created masterpieces with his image. We are, as a nation, obsessed with this man even though his last descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died December 24, 1985 in Saluda, Virginia. 

Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's only son to survive to adulthood, once quoted to Wayne Whipple, the author of The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln, "I believe you know more about our family matters than I do!" The books was written in 1919. Robert Lincoln never had a close relationship with his father yet loved him so dearly that he openly wept on his father's coffin. 

Wayne Whipple's book is an interesting read for anyone interested in learning more about Abraham Lincoln. Wayne gathered first hand accounts of Abraham Lincoln's life from his son, family, friends and others who personally knew the president. One of the interesting things I learned from the book was that Abraham Lincoln's grandfather was Daniel Boone's cousin. You can read the book for free on Project Gutenberg at http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1530318&pageno=1

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