5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Honest Abe

On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. See if you know these five lesser-known facts about Honest Abe...


Lincoln Spoke With A ¬≠High-Pitched Voice You might think that such a tall, imposing man as Lincoln had a deep voice. All reports claim that his voice was high-pitched, and sharp. Those who heard Lincoln speak also described his voice as being close to falsetto and at times “unpleasant.” However, Lincoln's actions and written words, not his voice, went a long way toward establishing his reputation. 

He Grew A Beard After An 11 Year Old Girl Suggested It Chances are that, when you picture Abraham Lincoln in your mind, you picture him with a beard. Lincoln grew one shortly before he was elected president. The reason for the sudden hair growth may have come from the advice of an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell from New York. Grace wrote Lincoln a letter urging  the presidential candidate to grow a beard for the election. In the letter, she argued “your face is so thin” and "all the ladies like whiskers”.  She insisted that people would vote for a man with a beard. Lincoln did respond to her letter, and started growing a beard not long after.


He Got an Unusually Large Christmas Present During the Civil War In 1864, General William T. Sherman embarked on his infamous 285-mile "March to the Sea, during which his troops burned Atlanta to the ground, and ended with the capture of Savanna, Georgia by Union forces. Sherman alerted President ­Lincoln of the capture of Savanna with a telegram presenting Lincoln with Savannah as a Christmas present. Sherman’s message read, “I beg to present you as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with one hundred and fifty heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about twenty-five thousand bales of cotton.”

He Was Not The Main Speaker At Gettysburg The famed Gettysburg Address was actually meant to be a quick introduction for another speaker. That's right; Lincoln was just the opening act. He was supposed to give a short speech before former Secretary of State Edward Everett took the stage. The occasion was the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and Everett was one of the best known and most regarded orators of his time. Everett spoke for about two hours, although people only remember the two-minute speech given by President Abraham Lincoln.

A Medium Warned Lincoln About The Assassination Charles J. Colchester worked as a medium and held seances for Mary Lincoln, who was grieving for the loss of Lincoln’s son, Willie, who died of typhoid fever in 1862 at age 11. Colchester warned the president of an assassination attempt on his life. This warning may have been given because the medium was a friend of John Wilkes Booth. By April 1865, Booth had abandoned plans to kidnap Lincoln and decided to kill him, which he announced to some of his friends. Perhaps Colchester was one of the people who learned of the plot