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Title: Abraham Lincoln standing outside log cabin

Description: A diorama in the Chicago Historical Society of Abraham Lincoln standing outside the log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm where he was born; the cabin was eighteen feet wide and sixteen feet long, built in pioneer fashion with a floor of packed-down dirt; cooking was done at the fireplace, a clay chimney carried the smoke away; a single door swung on leather hinges and light came in through the cabin's only window; Lincoln wrote in his autobiographical sketch: "I was born February 12, 1809, in the then Hardin County, Kentucky, at a point where the new County of Larue, a mile and a half from where Hodgen's mill now is" his father Thomas Lincoln (January 6, 1778-January 17, 1851) had bought the farm for $200 which included the small cabin situated near a sinking spring.

Study Application Notes: Abraham Lincoln ("Honest Abe," "The Rail Splitter," "The Great Emancipator"), born February 25, 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky, died April 15, 1865 in Washington, D.C.; sixteenth President of the U.S. (1861-1865); Lincoln was self-taught, moving at age twenty-two to Illinois in 1831, working on a flatboat, then later as a rail-splitter and store clerk, until moving to Springfield, Illinois to work as a lawyer in 1837; he served four terms as a state representative from Sangamon County, Illinois as a Whig; he married Mary Todd (Mary Anne Todd; December 13, 1818-July 16, 1882) in 1842, a union that produced four sons: Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843-July 26, 1926); Edward "Eddie" Baker Lincoln (March 10, 1846-February 1, 1850); William "Willie" Wallace Lincoln (December 21, 1850-February 20, 1862); and Thomas "Tad" Lincoln (April 4, 1853-July 16, 1871);

Background Information: Lincoln was narrowly elected the sixteenth President of the U.S. in 1860 as a Republican. He worked hard to preserve the Union, though eleven southern States had seceded and a Civil War ensued; his Emancipation Proclamation, announced on September 22, 1862 and put into effect on January 1, 1863, essentially freed the slaves and, with his Gettysburg Address, are some of the greatest documents ever produced by an American President; Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. shot by American stage actor John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838-April 26, 1865) and died the next day; Lincoln is buried in the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois; several films profile Lincoln, the most notable being Abraham Lincoln (1930), Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), and Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940);

Category: Political Figures

Topic: U.S. Presidents

Subject: Abraham Lincoln

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln Collection, abolitionists, American Civil War (1861-1865), anti-slavery, assassinations, attorneys, cabin, debates, Emancipation Proclamation, Gettysburg Address, Illinois, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, log cabin, politicians, presidential debates, presidents of the U.S., rail-splitters, slavery, Springfield, Illinois, U.S. Congress, U.S. Presidents, U.S. Senate, Whig political party.

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2700 x 1888 (5.10 MPixels) (1.43)

Print Size: 22.9 x 16.0 cm; 9.0 x 6.3 inches

File Size: 14.61 MB (15,323,080 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000530004

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection


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