Abraham Lincoln Trivia
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Tours Trivia Challenge. Read below to see what you do or do not
know about our 16th President of the United States.
- Lincoln was seeing the play "Our American
Cousin" when he was shot.
- Lincoln was the first president to have a
beard while in office.
- Lincoln, Nebraska was named after Abraham
- Abe Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln,
died from milk sickness. The disease resulted when cows ate the
white snakeroot plant and the poison from the plant contaminated
the milk. People who drank this milk or ate its products were
likely to die.
- A plot was developed to steal Lincoln's body,
so a secret society to guard his tomb was formed.
- During the Civil War, telegraph wires were
strung to follow the action on the battlefield. But there was no
telegraph office in the White House, so Lincoln went across the
street to the War Department to get the news.
- Lincoln was the tallest president. He was 6
feet and four inches tall.
- Lincoln once had a dream right before the
fall of Richmond that he would die. He dreamt that he was in the
White House, he heard crying and when he found the room it was
coming from he asked who had died. The man said the President.
He looked in the coffin and saw his own face. A week later
- Lincoln was shot on Good Friday.
- Robert Todd Lincoln arrived too late to stop
three separate presidential assassinations. He met his father,
President Abraham Lincoln, at the theatre after John Wilkes
Booth had fired the shot. He went to a Washington train station
to meet President Garfield, arriving only minutes after he was
shot. And, he traveled to Buffalo, New York to meet President
McKinley, but got there after the fatal shot had already been
- Lincoln had a cat named "Bob," a turkey named
"Jack," and a dog named "Jib."
- He was the first president to be photographed
at his inauguration. John Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be
seen standing close to Lincoln in the picture.
- Lincoln was the only president to receive a
patent, for a device for lifting boats over shoals.
- Mary Todd Lincoln's brother, half-brothers, and
brothers-in-law fought in the Confederate Army.
- Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a
performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in
Washington, D.C. The same play was also running at the Maverick
Theatre in Chicago on May 18, 1860, the day Lincoln was
nominated for president in that city.
- Lincoln's favorite sport was wrestling.
- Lincoln worked as a deck hand on a
Mississippi River flatboat.
- Lincoln had a substitute fight for him during
the Civil War. Not a paid substitute as some might think. When
J. Summerfield Staples, the son of an army chaplain, heard that
Lincoln felt that the president should be fighting in the war
(but couldn't because of all his duties), Staples volunteered to
fight as a substitute. Both he and his father survived through
the war, and returned home to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. If one
traveled to the cemetery there, they would find a headstone that
- Lincoln had a wart on his right cheek, a scar
on his thumb from an ax accident, and a scar over his right eye
from a fight with a gang of thieves.
- Abraham Lincoln grew his beard out of the
suggestion of an 11 year old girl.
- John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved
Abraham Lincoln's son's life.
- Abe Lincoln is the U.S. president most
frequently portrayed in films.
- The contents of his pockets on the night of
his assassination weren't revealed until February 12, 1976. They
contained two pairs of spectacles, a chamois lens cleaner, an
ivory and silver pocketknife, a large white Irish linen
handkerchief, slightly used, with "A. Lincoln" embroidered in
red, a gold quartz watch fob without a watch, a new silk-lined,
leather wallet containing a pencil, a Confederate five-dollar
bill, and news clippings of unrest in the Confederate army,
emancipation in Missouri, the Union party platform of 1864, and
an article on the presidency by John Bright.
- He was named after his grandfather.
- Lincoln and his wife held séances in the
White House. They had great interest in psychic phenomena.
- Lincoln loved the works of William
- Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be
born outside of the original thirteen colonies. He was born in
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