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In this article, you will find some interesting facts about the Abraham Lincoln timeline for kids.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in a log cabin in Kentucky to a poor household. He was a self-educated and accomplished lawyer who found heaven in books.

He was a man who found pleasure in reading and accumulating knowledge, which made him the man he was. Who are heroes? They are people who do great things for the greater good of mankind. Well, he fits perfectly into that description by accomplishing great things in the short span of his life. He was wise, empathetic, and brave in understanding people around him, so people confided in him easily.

Abraham Lincon led the Union army to victory against the confederate states (southern states) during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theatre, where he was attending a play. Read on for some fascinating facts about Lincoln's election as President and life thereafter.

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Facts About Abraham Lincoln For Kids

Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin to a poor family who didn’t know how to read and write. He quenched his thirst for knowledge more and more as he grew through avid reading, ultimately becoming a self-taught lawyer.

With his innovative idea of a boat that can trespass sandbars without having to unload or manually carry them, he created a patent on it. Unfortunately, the patent was never implemented, and in fact, was lost in a fire at the patent office.

Prior to becoming the 16th president of the United States, Lincoln had lost five elections through which his ambitions and visions didn’t move people, but by 1858, he had become a prominent voice in the Republican Party.

Growing up, his family always instilled in him the idea to destroy slavery. When he was a grown-up and mature enough to take action against it, he did. In the pre-elections and post-elections, he had been one of those people who worked day and night to strategize the abolition of slavery, which he eventually accomplished.

John Wilkes Booth was an American stage actor who shot Lincoln during a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Despite the tough battle between the former Union General George McClellan and Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln won the election, again becoming president of the United States.

The country was split into two parts; one that encouraged slavery, the Southern states such as South Carolina, and one that wanted to abolish slavery, the North (such as North Carolina), which led to the American Civil War.

Lincoln wanted a united country. But his vision was stalled for a long time when the South kept on winning the American Civil War until the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, which turned the Civil War in his favor.

He worked as a volunteer in the Illinois Militia during the Black Hawk War. He served both as a private and a commander. Lincoln's death in Ford's Theater is an important chapter in American history.

Abraham Lincoln Books For Kids

'Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books' by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter. The book is mainly themed so as to educate children about the early years of Abraham Lincoln. From his birth in a log cabin, to his adulthood as a lawyer, and finally to his presidency.

'Abe's Honest Words' authored by Doreen Rappaport. This book narrates the main events of President Lincoln’s life.

'Looking at Lincoln' by Maira Kalman. The book has been narrated from the perspective of a little girl. This gives the advantage of catching children’s attention all the while explaining to them the idea of a person’s life in simple sentences.

'Abe Lincoln's Dream' by Lane Smith. The book brings the character sketch of Abraham Lincoln to life through a fictional story of a girl who lost her way on the tour of the White House.

'Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country)' by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. The book has a unique way of narrating his life and presidency and how, through humor, he has survived his tough life.

'Abe Lincoln's Hat' by Martha Brenner, illustrated by Donald Cook. Kids love reading fun aspects of certain things. The book did exactly that. It has focused on the absent-mindedness of President Lincoln as a lawyer and how he would store the details and papers he needed inside his long hat.

'Abraham Lincoln' by Amy Cohn and illustrated by Suzy Schmidt. This book dives the readers into his life beyond his childhood as it relates to the various roles he had to play in his life, be it a father, a lawyer, or a president.

'A. Lincoln and Me' by Louise Borden and Ted Lewin. The story revolves around a boy who finds many things in common with Abraham Lincoln, including his birthday! This book narrates Lincoln’s life as a similar comparison to a boy’s life.

'Lincoln and His Boys' by Rosemary Wells. The book has a unique and amazing narrative of Abraham Lincoln through his two sons’ eyes that will definitely engage the children to learn more about the father of two boys and not just as a president.

Abraham Lincoln Fun Facts For Kids

He was the first president with a beard! Abraham Lincoln entertained practical jokes apart from wrestling in the ring. Abraham Lincoln was tall, strong, and athletic and became an expert in using axes.

The brother of the man who shot Abraham Lincoln saved his son when he fell from a train platform into the tight space between the platform and a moving train.

Abraham Lincoln was a talented wrestler in the wrestling ring before he took part in politics, and he lost just one out of 300 matches in which he competed. Hence, in 1992, he was named into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

He was an absent-minded frontier lawyer, so he always had letters, court notes, contracts, and even checkbooks in his unique tall hat.

He was called 'Honest Abe' because he returned the money of a customer who accidentally overpaid him by going all the way to his house at night.

He actually hated people calling him 'Honest Abe. His wife called him 'Mr. Lincoln'. He once made his opponent, Democrat Jesse Thomas, cry and flee from the venue when Abe mimicked his voice and gestures during his 1840 Illinois speech.

In 1860, Lincoln was the first elected president to take a portrait of his dog, which turned into a tradition for every other president that succeeded. Other than his dog, he had several other pet animals in the White House because he was an animal lover.

Abraham Lincoln ran for president in 1860 and won the election.

Abraham Lincoln Information For Kids

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln who were both illiterate, hence his parents didn’t give much importance to his education.

His mother died of milk sickness. He was left behind with his father, sister, and cousin. His father remarried afterward. He was very close to his stepmother and called her 'mother'. Until 21, he earned and helped his father to keep the household. The entire family moved to Illinois under the probable threat of contracting milk sickness again.

When they were about to move from Illinois to Coles County, Lincoln went on his own to pursue a different path for him after setting up the Illinois legislature. President Lincoln grew up in Spencer City. Abraham Lincoln was very enthusiastic about learning, so he became an avid reader and collected knowledge as the years went on. When he became an adult, he learned the law all by himself and became a lawyer before marrying Mary Todd Lincoln.

Later, on November 4, 1842, he married Mary Todd. They had four children: Robert Lincoln (Robert Todd Lincoln), Edward Baker Lincoln, Willie Lincoln, and Thomas Todd Lincoln. Unfortunately, of the four, only Robert lived, Edward died of tuberculosis, Willie died of fever, and Thomas had heart failure.

Unfortunately, Abraham Lincoln was shot in his head by John Wilkes Booth, an opponent party enthusiast, and Lincoln died at the age of 56.

During the years of his presidency, he made many diversifying contributions. He formed the Department of Agriculture, helped in the development of a transcontinental railroad, gave homeless settlers land through the Homestead Act, and passed the 13th Amendment, ending slavery.

Abraham Lincoln’s Timeline For Kids

1809: His birthday, February 12, which was later named 'Lincoln day'.

1817: Abraham Lincoln’s family settled in Indiana.

1831: Abraham Lincoln worked for himself.

1842: Abraham Lincoln got married.

1856: Organized the Republican Party and was nominated Vice-President, but was not chosen for its first convention.

1861: Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States on March 4, 1861, and the Civil War (American Civil War) began on April 12.

1863: On January 1, emancipation was proclaimed and Lincoln gave his famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, on November 19, at Gettysburg battlefield, Pennsylvania.

1864: Abraham Lincoln was re-elected unanimously on November 8 as the Republican President.

1922: The Lincoln Memorial was constructed in remembrance of Abraham Lincoln in Washington D.C.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes For Kids

Here are some of the most inspiring quotes from Abraham Lincoln that offer great motivation to kids:

'Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.'

'Whatever you are, be a good one.'

'In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.'

'Love is the chain which binds a child to its parents.'

'Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.'

'Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.'

'Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.'

'Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.'

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly facts for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Abraham Lincoln for kids, then why not take a look at Abraham Lincoln Civil War or Abraham Lincoln Presidency.

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