‘The 16th president'
Teacher: Mrs Dunstan
Due Date: Week 7, 14/03/2014
Husband, Father and President
Abraham Lincoln was a very famous US President. He was born on the 14th of February, 1809 in a small log house near Hodgenville, Kentucky. It is interesting to realise that February is a cold month in America. Imagine living in a log cabin in those times in the cold. The snowfall totals about 46 cm a year.
Lincoln had one girlfriend before he got married. Her name was Ann Rutledge whom he was dating for a couple of months. Then he met Mary Todd, they were dating for three years before Lincoln proposed and after two more months they were on there honeymoon.
Over the next eleven years they had four children and their names were Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, William Wallace Lincoln, and Thomas "Tad" Lincoln. Only one, Robert, lived to adulthood and was successful in life.
Abraham’s sister died at child birth in 1826 and his father died on January 17, 1851 in Coles County, Illinois of natural causes. His Mother died from milk sickness at the age of 34 when Abe was 9 which is a decease cause by drinking the milk of a cow that has grazed on white snakeroot, (a poisonous herb).
Abraham signed up for the military on April 21st, 1832. Abraham was in for one to two years and served in the BLACK HAWK WAR. This war was between the Native American Indians and the white settlers. Black Hawk was an Indian Chief.
Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860. He started the end of slavery in the U.S. At the second election Abraham was elected President for another four years but was assassinated while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre Washington DC by one of the actors named John Wilkes Booth who shot him in the back of the head then run across the stage and out the back door in which he escaped to Maryland, Lincoln died that next day. Booth was found in an old burnt down barn and was shot on sight. At the time of his death, Lincoln was 56 years old.
Back in the 1800’s it wasn’t seen as masculine to play with your children, it was the women’s job in the family, but Abraham was always seen pushing his children in cart’s and playing with them so that tells historians that he loved his children very much.
What Have I Learnt About Abraham