Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy 204th, Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln statue, Dixon, IL
It's Abraham Lincoln's 204th birthday. Honest Abe was born in a log cabin on February 12, 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky. There are several important 150th Lincoln-related anniversaries this year. The adoption of the Emancipation Proclamation occurred on New Year's Day. Coming up are the sesquicentennials of the battles of Vicksburg, Gettysburg, as well as the Gettysburg Address.

While Illinois will always be the Land of Lincoln, the northern third of the state is Reagan Country. You can learn more about the effort to save the only Chicago home of Ronald Reagan at the bottom of this post.

Our first Republican president was from Illinois. The only president born in Illinois was Reagan.

Lincoln posts:
Illinois Reagan posts
Lincoln marker, Dixon

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