Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Facts About Abraham Lincoln: His Early Life

Sure, you probably know that Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president, that he issued the Emancipation Proclamation and that he was assassinated in a theater. But are you familiar with Lincoln’s early life?

Here are some facts you might not have known about Lincoln.

1. Abraham Lincoln’s grandfather, also named Abraham Lincoln, was a friend of Daniel Boone in Kentucky.

2. Lincoln was born in Kentucky, a slave state, but his family moved to Indiana when he was seven.

3. Abraham Lincoln and his family lived in a “half-faced camp” in Indiana — a shelter with three sides made of logs and one side open.

4. As a child, Abraham Lincoln attended what was called a “backwoods” school, and soon earned the position of the letter writer for his father and their neighbors.

5. He had only a few books in his home but he read them over and over. They included: The Bible, “Aesop’s Fables,” “Pilgrim’s Progress” and biographies of George Washington and Henry Clay.

6. At 18, Abraham Lincoln was delighted to earn two half silver dollars for rowing two men and their luggage from the shore out to a steamboat.

7. At 19, Lincoln was hired to float goods down the river from Indiana to New Orleans.

8. Abraham Lincoln helped to build the flat bottom boat and earned $24 for his journey.

9. In New Orleans, Lincoln saw slaves herded through the streets in chains, bought and sold like farm animals.

10. Abraham Lincoln, whose Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves, later wrote about the slaves he witnessed as a young man in New Orleans: “That sight was a continual torment to me.”


Eggleston, Edward. “A First Book in American History.”

“People to Know,” World Book Encyclopedia, 1989.

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