Friday, February 12, 2016


JFK+50:  Volume 6, No. 1857


Hodgenville, Kentucky (JFK+50) Two hundred and seven years ago today, February 12, 1809, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th POTUS and  son of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, was born in a log cabin here in LaRue County (Hardin County at the time.)

The cabin was located on Thomas Hank's 348 acre farm at Sinking Springs. Abraham Lincoln was to become the first president born outside the thirteen original colonies.

Abraham Lincoln was named after his grandfather who had been killed in a frontier Indian attack.  The family moved 10 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. 

Thomas would later marry a widow named Sarah Bush Johnston.  They moved to Macon County, Illinois and then to Coles County where Thomas would spend the rest of his life.  

Abraham never got along with his stern father who died on January 17, 1851 at the age of 73.  He did not attend the funeral.  Sarah Bush Lincoln, with whom Abraham got along well, died at the age of 80 on April 12, 1869. 

According to the State-Journal Register, the 82nd annual National Pilgrimage to Lincoln's Tomb will take place today at 10 a.m.  There will be speeches and the laying of a wreath.

Also, the 8th annual Lincoln Lecture will be given at Land of Lincoln Community College.  The talk is titled "Abraham Lincoln and the Todd Women of Aristocracy Hall."

A symposium is also scheduled at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

 During the presidential campaign of 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy spoke at the Lincoln Monument Rally in Spokane, Washington and said...

"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."


"Free things to do on Friday to mark Abraham Lincoln's Birthday," The State Journal-Register, February 11, 2016,

Lincoln Birthplace Memorial

Grave of Nancy Hanks Lincoln