Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky, though he spent most of his adult life in Illinois. He was the 16th President of the United States. He served from March 1861 until 1865, the year when he was assassinated. He actually led the nation by its impressive military and constitutional groups during the American Civil War. He also eliminated slavery, empowered the national government, kept the Union, and modernized the economy.
Lincoln was a self-educated person who became the Whig Party Leader, Illinois state legislator, and country Lawyer during the 1830’s. In the 1840’s, he became a congressman in the House of Representatives. He supported the rapid upgrading of the economy through the presence of banks, tariffs, and railroads that encouraged some businessmen in building their own factories.
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday is still a big celebration to all Americans in the United States. But, some individuals are curious about the history of this celebration. The earliest observation has shown that the first of Lincolns’ Birthday celebrations happened in the Buffalo, NY in 1847. Julius Francis is a Buffalo druggist that made his life’s mission, to see to it that Abraham Lincoln’s birthday became a national holiday. Francis repeatedly requested Congress to make the Lincoln’s Birthday as an official legal federal holiday. He did not quite succeed.
Lincoln’s birthday never became a federal legal holiday, but many celebrate his birthday on President’s Day (which is also not a federal legal holiday) on the third Monday in February. In addition, the following states celebrate Lincoln’s birthday on the state level as a legal holiday: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and New York.
Some people don’t like lumping Lincoln’s birthday with that of George Washington (born on February 22) into one holiday called President’s Day. The only official federal holiday, to date, is Washington’s Birthday which is celebrated on the third Monday of February (the same as President’s Day). In 1971, Congress created the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in order to give Americans more three day holidays and that is why celebrating Lincoln and Washington is February is what it is.
February 12th was typically marked by wreath-laying traditional ceremony in the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site that can be found in Hodgenville, Kentucky and at the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC. Due to the event in Hodgenville that was held in 1922, these observances continued to be organized by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and Lincoln Birthday National Commemorative Committee.
On February 12, 2009 Lincoln’s 200th birthday was celebrated across the nation. In Washington DC, the ceremony was organized by the ALBC or Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. There are also musical performances held by Michael Feinstein, who was a four-time Grammy nominated singer together with the U.S marine corps band.
Lincoln’s body continues to rest in state at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.
Rumor Has It …
… that Honest Abe the log splitter once chopped down his own cherry tree and said, “I cannot tell a lie, George Washington did it!”