Hodgenville, KY (JFK+50) Abraham Lincoln, the future 16th President of the United States, was born 206 years ago today, February 12, 1809.
Abe, the son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Hardin County, Kentucky.
The cabin where the future President was born was located on Thomas Hank's 348 acre farm at Sinking Springs. Abraham Lincoln would become the first president born outside the thirteen original colonies.
Lincoln Birthplace Memorial
Abraham Lincoln was named after his grandfather who had been killed in a frontier Indian attack. The family moved ten miles northeast to Knob Creek in 1811 and then again to Indiana in 1816.
Shortly afterward, on October 5, 1818, Lincoln's mother died at the age of 34 of the milk sickness, a disease caused by drinking milk from affected cows.
JFK-OBAMA-CLINTON ON LINCOLN
"I think it is most appropriate...we should meet in the shadow of a distinguished Republican, Abraham Lincoln, because we believe that his spirit motivates our party in the great election 100 years after he assumed the responsibility of office."
"In 1860, Lincoln said 'This nation cannot exist half slave and half free'. I don't think in the 1960s that this world can exist half slave and half free."
John F. Kennedy, September 1960
"As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, 'We are not enemies but friends. Though passions may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.'"
Barack Obama, November 2008
"President Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principal and compromise. Every hard-fought effort to perfect our union has demanded the same combination of steady resolve and necessary compromises that Lincoln mastered to preserve the union and end slavery."
William Jefferson Clinton, January 2013
Mr. Lincoln and Mr. White