Thursday, February 12, 2015

Lincoln's Birthday

"The Lincoln Memorial"
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Up the street from here is an important city that my human avoids. I've never been there, but he has been there far too many times, as he loves to say.  Why?  He grew up having to take every friend, relative and the like to see the city.  Dad says its always crowded and constant traffic.

The city is grand with it's history, monuments, landmarks, and museums dedicated to very many important causes.  It is a great place to learn quite a bit about the history of the United States.  I wonder if they have a dog museum- a place dedicated to the greatest pets-  WOOF!!!  They need one to complete the mess!!!  BARK!!!!!

Barkingly pawsome is the brilliance of memorial that highlights your entrance to the city from the Virginia side.  You can see quite a few sites, but the most exciting is "The Lincoln Memorial."

Today we celebrate the 206th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.  I thought I'd paw a few little known facts about Lincoln:
  • He was a member of the Whig Party before he joining the newly formed Republican Party.
  • He was the first President with a beard.
  • His cat ate at the White House dinner table.  And the dog ate where? Woof?
  • Not a single Southern state carried him in the 1860 presidential election.
  • He re-structured his second inaugural address just before delivering the speech by literally cutting and pasting it into a new format.
  • He only received approximately 18 months of formal education.
  • The winning of the Electoral College earned him the presidency, Lincoln only won 40 percent of the popular vote in 1860.
  • More books are written about him than any other President
  • He was a supporter for women’s right to vote as early as 1836! 84 years before the Nineteenth Amendment was passed.
  • Though he read the Bible often, he never joined an organized church.
  • During the Civil War, Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
  • He was photographed with John Wilkes Booth at his second inauguration.
  • He has no living descendants.
  • He was the town’s postmaster when he lived in New Salem, Illinois.
These were adapted from the website Reboot Illinois.

"The Lincoln Memorial"
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