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His cat was named Tabby. His favorite food was fruit. He was also a big fan of chicken casserole. Lincoln was the first president to use the telegraph. He used the telegraph like email to communicate with generals. He was the first president with a beard.

Lincoln argued a case before the Supreme Court in and lost. Lincoln failed in his first business. His coffin has been opened five times. Lincoln served one term in the U. He ran for the U. Senate twice and lost.

Lincoln won the popular vote in Senate campaign against Douglas but lost the election. Lincoln was shot on Good Friday. Lincoln was photographed with John Wilkes Booth at his second inauguration. There are no direct living descendants of Abraham Lincoln. Someone shot at Lincoln in and put a hole in his stovepipe hat.

For Reuben and Charles have married two girls, But Billy has married a boy. The girls he had tried on every side, But none he could get to agree; All was in vain, he went home again, And since that he's married to Natty.

This poem was included in the first edition of the biography of Lincoln by his friend and colleague William Herndon. This is an example of what Mark Blechner calls "the closeting of history," [27] in which evidence that suggests a degree of homosexuality or bisexuality in a major historical figure is suppressed or hidden.

Tripp notes that Lincoln's awareness of homosexuality and openness in penning this "bawdy poem" "was unique for the time period. They lived together for four years, during which time they occupied the same bed during the night some sources specify a large double bed and developed a friendship that would last until their deaths.

Historians such as Donald point out it was not unusual at that time for two men to share even a small bed due to financial or other circumstances, without anything sexual being implied, for a night or two when nothing else was available. Lincoln, who had just moved to a new town when he met Speed, was also at least initially unable to afford his own bed and bedding. That was no secret. There are no known instances in which Lincoln tried to suppress knowledge or discussion of such arrangements, and in some conversations, raised the subject himself.

Tripp discusses three men at length and possible sustained relationships: However, in 19th-century America, it was not necessarily uncommon for men to bunk-up with other men, briefly, if no other arrangement were available. For example, when other lawyers and judges travelled " the circuit " with Lincoln, the lawyers often slept "two in a bed and eight in a room". Herndon recalled for example, "I have slept with 20 men in the same room".

In the nineteenth century, most men were probably not conscious of any erotic possibility in bed-sharing, since it was in public. Speed's immediate, casual offer, and his later report of it, suggests that men's public bed sharing was not then often explicitly understood as conducive to forbidden sexual experiments. Nevertheless, Katz does indicate that such sleeping arrangements "did provide an important site probably the major site of erotic opportunity" if they could keep others from noticing.

Katz notes that referring to present day concepts of "homo, hetero, and bi distorts our present understanding of Lincoln and Speed's experiences. Some correspondence of the period, such as that between Thomas Jefferson Withers and James Henry Hammond , may provide evidence of a sexual dimension to some secret same-sex bed sharing.

Joshua Speed married Fanny Hennings on February 15, He and Lincoln seem to have consulted each other about married life.

Despite having some political differences over slavery [39] they corresponded for the rest of their lives, and Lincoln appointed Joshua's brother, James Speed , to his cabinet as Attorney General. They shared a bed during the absences of Lincoln's wife, until Derickson was promoted in Tripp recounts that, whatever the level of intimacy of the relationship, it was the subject of gossip.

Elizabeth Woodbury Fox, the wife of Lincoln's naval aide, wrote in her diary for November 16, , "Tish says, 'Oh, there is a Bucktail soldier here devoted to the president, drives with him, and when Mrs.

Johnson notes that the strong similarity in style and content of the Fox and Chamberlin accounts suggests that, rather than being two independent accounts of the same events as Tripp claims, both were based on the same report from a single source. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln. Redeemer President, pg. Baker, "Mary and Abraham: Owens reflecting the frustration of courtship, 16 August ".

Homophobia in Lincoln Studies? Retrieved May 23, Sexualities and American Historical Discourse, ed. University of South Carolina Press, University of Chicago Press, President Abraham Lincoln and the Three Kittens. This is not a commercial website. None of the photographs and artwork exhibited herein are being sold by the webmaster.

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