In the wake of the Spielberg film, I’m trying to prevent the blog from becoming all-Lincoln-all-the-time, but there are some quality articles supporting the press tour. Here’s a helpful reading list, suggested by Civil War scholars, as well as their favorite Lincoln anecdotes. It’s capped by some bullet point facts, some of which I’d never heard nor realized before:
• Lincoln was never photographed with his wife Mary, or with his family.
• Abraham Lincoln died without a will. His estate, worth approximately $85,000, was divided into thirds: a third for his widow (Mary Todd), and a third for each of his sons.
• The Lincoln Penny was first issued in 1909 to commemorate Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday, making it the first coin to display a U.S. president.