President Lincoln

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President Lincoln

The Life of Lincoln

Here lies a timeline of events which occurred during President Abraham Lincoln's life.

Time Line


Abraham Lincoln is born on February 12 to Thomas Lincoln & Nancy Hanks

Lincoln created the Secret Service hours before his assassination.On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.

Lincoln’s son was saved by his assassin’s brother: Robert Lincoln was at a train station where he fell between the platform and the train as the train began to move. He was pulled to safety by a prominent actor of the time named Edwin Booth. Edwin was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who would later assassinate President Lincoln.

Lincoln had a premonition he would be killed: Not long before he was assassinated, Lincoln spoke of a dream where he heard someone weeping in the White House. When he found the room it was coming from, he asked who had died. He was told it was the president. He approached the coffin to peer in and saw his own face.

Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard while serving in office!

Lincoln is the tallest president the United States has ever had. He stood 6 feet 4 inches tall. When he wore his stovepipe hat, he stood nearly 7 feet tall!

The Gettysburg Address, delivered November 19, 1863, was only 272 words long!


Lincoln's mother dies on October 5


Abe marries Mary Todd on November 4



Abraham is elected 16th President of the U.S. on November 6

Abe is shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth on April 14; dies April 15


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