The Abraham Lincoln Quiz


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Are you a presidential history buff? Take our Abraham Lincoln quiz and find out how much you know about the Great Emancipator.

Where was Abraham Lincoln born?

Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln on Feb. 12, 1809.


How many siblings did Abraham Lincoln have?

Abraham Lincoln had an older sister, Sarah, and a younger brother, Thomas, who died as an infant.


How old was Abraham Lincoln when his mother died?

Abraham Lincoln was 9 years old when his mother died of milk sickness. Milk sickness occurs when humans consume the milk or meat of cows that have eaten the poisonous white snakeroot plant.


True or false: Abraham Lincoln studied law at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Abraham Lincoln taught himself law and never attended a college or university. In fact, Lincoln's formal schooling was limited to three brief periods, which totaled an estimated 18 months, during his childhood.


With which political party was Abraham Lincoln first affiliated?

In 1834 Abraham Lincoln was elected to the Illinois state legislature as a member of the Whig Party. The Whig Party was founded in 1834 in opposition to President Andrew Jackson.


What year was Abraham Lincoln admitted to the bar and thereby allowed to practice law in Illinois?

In 1837 Abraham Lincoln was admitted to the bar and began to practice law for the law firm of John T. Stuart.


During which speech did Abraham Lincoln say, "There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law"?

Abraham Lincoln delivered the line during an address to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, on Jan. 27, 1838.


Who did Abraham Lincoln marry in 1842?

Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd on Nov. 4, 1842.


How many children did Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln have?

They had four boys: Robert, Edward, William and Thomas. Of the four boys, only Robert lived to adulthood.


Which national holiday did Abraham Lincoln establish?

President Lincoln officially established Thanksgiving as a national holiday when he signed Presidential Proclamation 118 in 1864. Previously, Thanksgiving had been celebrated on a state-by-state basis.


When was Abraham Lincoln elected president of the United States?

Abraham Lincoln was elected president on Nov. 6, 1860. Lincoln defeated three other candidates with more than 59 percent of the electoral votes.


What invention did Abraham Lincoln receive a patent for in 1849?

On May 22, 1849, Abraham Lincoln was granted U.S. patent No. 6,469 for a riverboat flotation device designed to lift vessels over shoals.


What year did the Civil War begin?

The Civil War began on Apr. 12, 1861, when Confederate troops fired on Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.


Who was Lincoln's friend and political rival in the 1860 election?

In the 1860 presidential election, Abraham Lincoln ran against his friend and rival, Stephen Douglas. Lincoln lost a bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate to Douglas in 1858.


True or false: Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th president of the United States, and he served from 1861 to the time of his death in 1865.


Who was the president of the Confederacy?

Jefferson Davis became the provisional president of the Confederacy in February 1861. He was officially inaugurated for a six-year term on Feb. 22, 1862.


Who did President Lincoln run against in the election of 1864?

Lincoln ran against McClellan, the former commander of the Army of the Potomac.


What year did President Lincoln say, "Plainly, the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy"?

President Lincoln delivered the quote during his inaugural address on Mar. 4, 1861.


What nickname did Abraham Lincoln acquire while practicing law in Illinois?

While working as a lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln earned the nickname Honest Abe.


What federal office did Abraham Lincoln hold before he was president?

Abraham Lincoln served a single two-year term as a U.S. representative for Illinois from 1847 to 1849.


True or false: The Lincoln bedroom of the White House was used as the children's bedroom during Lincoln's presidency.

President Lincoln used the White House room — now known as the Lincoln bedroom — as an office during his presidency.


What rank did Abraham Lincoln hold during the Black Hawk War in 1832?

When the Black Hawk War started in 1832, the volunteer militia of the New Salem, Illinois, area elected Abraham Lincoln as their captain. Lincoln did not see combat during his time as captain.


What political party did Abraham Lincoln belong to when he was elected president?

Abraham Lincoln joined the Republican Party in 1856. Lincoln received the nomination to run for president on May 18, 1860, at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.


When was the Secret Service created?

President Lincoln signed the legislation that created the Secret Service in one of his last official acts on April 14, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated hours after signing the legislation.


When did the Civil War end?

The Civil War ended with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865.


Where was President Lincoln when he was assassinated?

John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln on April 14, 1865, while the president was watching a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington.


True or false: Mary Todd Lincoln was committed to a mental institution after Lincoln's assassination.

Mary Todd Lincoln was committed to Bellevue Place, a sanitarium in Batavia, Illinois, several years after President Lincoln's assassination for about four months. Her only surviving son had her committed.


How did John Wilkes Booth die?

On April 26, 1865, John Wilkes Booth was shot while hiding in a burning building. Booth died hours after the shooting.


Which speech by President Abraham Lincoln famously begins with the line, "Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation"?

The Gettysburg Address begins with this famous line. President Lincoln gave the speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 19, 1863.


Who was sworn into office after President Lincoln was assassinated?

Following the assassination of President Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson was sworn in as the 17th president of the United States.


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