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Some Lincoln Trivia Fun

Posted in Lincoln, Lincoln Trivia, Lincoln's Diary, My Books, Research by DLFowler on December 31, 2010

While I was researcing LINCOLN’S DIARY – a novel, I came across some intriguing tidbits about Mr. Lincoln. Below are some questions I developed for a trivia contest that I posted on a previous blog.  No contest this time, but see how many you can answer:

  1. What was the name of the boy who saved Lincoln from drowning in Knob Creek when he was just 7 years old?
  2. What was Abraham Lincoln’s official position on US Patent #6469, and what was the patent for?
  3. On January 20, 1841, Lincoln completed an aggressive medical treatment for a severe bout of depression.  What was his doctor’s name?
  4. At what age did Lincoln go hunting for the last time, and what animal did he shoot?
  5. Who read the read the Declaration of
    Independence in public at the Portsmouth, MA town square on July 4, 1860?
  6. First Lady Mary Lincoln celebrated the New Year of 1863 at a seance in the Georgetown home of Cranstoun Laurie.  What was the name (first and last) of the friend who accompanied her?
  7. Even though Mary Lincoln promised a close friend that she wouldn’t leave her husband while he was president, rumor has it that she almost eloped from the White House with another man.  Who was the man she allegedly planned to elope with from the White House?
  8.  Who said the following – “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed. “
  9. In March 1837 an acquaintance suggested to Lincoln that he become a lawyer.  What was the name of the person who urged Lincoln to become a lawyer?
  10. On June 8, 1864 Abraham Lincoln broke a 30 year tradition in American presidential politics.  What did he do?
  11. After Lincoln stopped riding the circuit in 1857, Metamora’s first resident lawyer moved to town. He lived in a two story colonial style house about a block from the town square. What was his name?
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