Would you feel bad if nobody celebrated your birthday? Well, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is rapidly approaching.
February 12 we are honoring his birthday, as it is a nationally celebrated holiday.
“Whatever you are, be a good one,” is a quote by Abraham Lincoln. Cleary he followed his own advice and was a prominent 16th president of the United States.
Imagine you would be able to see Abraham in person, what would you tell him?
I asked and got some great responses. Engy Azer, an eighth-grader at Stacey would tell Abe, “I like your hat. It’s really nice.”
“Thank you,” said Zoe Kind eighth grader.
“Can you give me some free Lincoln’s,” Yasmin Lacerda continued on, “Please.”
Lisa Monti said, “Happy birthday, and you’re a good role model.”
“Sucks you got shot,” said Kylie Brennan causing several of her friends to take offense. Kylie replied with, “No, no, like just kidding, but really he would have made a great 45th president.”
Here a few interesting facts you may not have known about our former president:
- He was the only president to have a patent: Lincoln invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground.
- He practiced law without a degree. Lincoln had about 18 months of formal schooling. Now the minimum for becoming a lawyer is much more than 18 months.
- He wanted women to have the vote in 1836. The future president was a suffragette before it became fashionable.
- If he were alive today, Lincoln would be running an animal shelter because he was a big animal lover.
- He really was a wrestler. Lincoln was documented as taking part in wrestling bouts. We don’t think he wore a mask or had a manager.
- He lost in his first bid for a presidential ticket. The unknown Lincoln was an unsuccessful vice presidential candidate in 1856 at the Republican convention.
- He never belonged to an organized church. Lincoln read the Bible daily, but he never joined a church in his lifetime.
- He didn’t drink, smoke, or chew. Lincoln was a simple man of tastes, and he never drank in the White House.
- Lincoln went through his life with two names, he never had a middle name.
- Stop calling him “Abe!” He hated being called Abe. Apparently, he preferred being called by his last name.
“50 Interesting Facts about Abraham Lincoln’s Life.” National Constitution Center, Constitutioncenter.org. constitutioncenter.org/blog/50-shades-of-abraham-lincoln-2/.