40 Facts About Abraham Lincoln that Will Challenge America's Ideas of its Beloved 16th President

40 Facts About Abraham Lincoln that Will Challenge America’s Ideas of its Beloved 16th President

By Trista

Today, Abraham Lincoln takes most of the credit for ending slavery through the Civil War; however, this is not an entirely true fact. While the Civil War had a large hand in ending slavery, as did Abraham Lincoln, it was actually the 13th Amendment that officially put an end to slavery. Senate passed the 13th Amendment on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865. Of course, Lincoln still played a significant role in ending slavery but he cannot take complete credit for ending the era of American slavery. Nevertheless, here are 40 more things you probably didn’t know about the 16th President of the United States.


Restored Log Cabin at Lincoln’s childhood home. National Park Service.

40. Abraham Lincoln Lived A Difficult Childhood

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, in Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky. His parents were Thomas and Nancy Lincoln. When Lincoln was a young child, his father lost everything, and the family moved to Perry County, Indiana. The family continued to struggle in Indiana, especially after Lincoln’s mother died when he was nine years old so his sister, Sarah, took care of him until Thomas remarried. In order to help the family, Lincoln stayed out of school and went to work doing various jobs, such as a shopkeeper, postmaster, and splitting firewood.