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Lincoln's Personal Life Timeline

1809 1818 1842 1843 1844 1846 1850 1851 1853 1862 1865
Born Mom Died Married Robert Born Bought Home Edward Born Willie Born &
Eddie Dies
Father Dies Tad Born Willie Dies Assassination
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1809 - Born

Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky to Nancy Hanks Lincoln and Thomas Lincoln.

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1818 - Mom Died

On October 5, 1818 at the age of 34, Nancy Hanks Lincoln died of milk sickness. She contracted this disease by drinking contaminated milk from cows that had grazed on the poisonous whitesnake root plant. Thomas Lincoln later married Sarah Bush Johnston.

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« 1809 | 1842 »

1842 - Married

After a turbulent relationship over the past three years, Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd on the evening of November 4, 1842. The small ceremony took place at the home of Mary's sister, Elizabeth Edwards. The service was conducted by Reverend Charles N. Dresser.

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« 1818 | 1843 »

1843 - Robert Born

Robert Todd Lincoln, the first son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln was born on August 1, 1843 in Springfield, Illinois. He was named for his mother's father.

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« 1842 | 1844 »
 

1844 - Bought Home

The Lincoln family bought their first home in 1844. The home was purchased for $1500.00 from Dr. Charles Dresser, the reverend who married the Lincoln's in 1842. This would be the only home Abraham and Mary ever purchased.

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« 1843 | 1846 »

1846 - Edward Born

Edward Baker Lincoln, the second son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln was born on March 10, 1846. Eddie was named after Edward Baker, Lincoln's friend and political associate.

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« 1844 | 1850 »

1850 - Willie Born and Eddie Dies

William Wallace Lincoln, the third son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln was born on December 21, 1850. Willie was named after Dr. William Wallace who was married to one of Mary Todd's sisters.

On February 1, 1850 after 52 days of what is now know to have been pulmonary tuberculosis, Eddie passed away. He was only three years old.

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« 1846 | 1851 »

1851 - Father Dies

Thomas Lincoln died on January 17, 1851 at the age of 73. Abraham did not attend his father's funeral. Thomas is buried in Shiloh Cemetery in Charleston, Illinois.

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« 1850 | 1853 »

1853 - Tad Born

Named after Lincoln's father, Thomas Lincoln, the third son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln was born on April 4, 1853. His father nicknamed him "Tad" because Lincoln thought he resembled a tadpole.

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« 1851 | 1862 »

1862 - Willie Dies

February 20, 1862, Willie Lincoln passed away of typhoid fever at the age of eleven years old. Willie was laid in state in the Green Room at the White House until his funeral on February 24, 1862.

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« 1853 | 1865 »

1865 - Assassination

At Ford's Theatre, John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln while attending the play "Our American Cousin" on April 14, 1865. An unconscious Lincoln was carried to the home of William Peterson. At 7:22 A.M. the next morning, President Lincoln passed away.

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