Abraham Lincoln Home - Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln lived from 1844-61, before becoming the 16th President. The house, purchased by Lincoln & his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln in 1844, was the only home Lincoln ever owned. The house contains twelve rooms spread over two floors. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846 & elected President in 1860. Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln donated the family home to the State of Illinois in 1887.

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Fido - Abraham Lincoln's Dog, the first president's dog to be photographed, was also murdered like his master. A year after Lincoln's death, Fido went to lick the face of a drunk passed out. The drunk woke and seeing a dog, not knowing he was friendly to all, stabbed him to death!

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Abraham Lincoln (16th President), was the first president to bring a cat into the White House. When Abe Lincoln assumed office, his son, Tad, asked to bring his cat - named Tabby, on the trip from Illinois to the nation's capital, Lincoln was compelled to agree.

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This artwork of President Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and two sons, Robert and Tad, was found in a family album belonging to Mrs. James Gaines of Philadelphia. Because it shows the entire Lincoln family, it is considered quite rare. Its owner is a descendant of William Wallace, who was married to one of Mary Todd's sisters.

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One of the few photographs of Lincoln inside the White House was taken in this room by Matthew Brady in 1864. It was not until after the renovation of the White House undertaken during the Truman administration that this room became so exclusively associated with Lincoln.

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*ABRAHAM LINCOLN ~ Political: Ribbons & Badges, Single Portrait Brady Ribbon: June, 1858 Lincoln was instrumental in getting the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, where his acceptance speech would become known as the "HOUSE DIVIDED SPEECH". The fame debates w/Douglas took place in 7 towns throughout ILL. Despite holding his own w/Douglas, the state legislature selected Douglas for the senate seat by a vote of 54-46.

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