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Lincolnís Ties To Kentucky

 

óThe Lincoln Heritage Trail ó

 
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
1. Lincolnís Ties To Kentucky Marker
Inscription.
1809 † Abraham Lincoln born at Sinking Spring farm, in present-day Larue County, Kentucky.
1816 † Lincoln family moved from Kentucky.
1841 † Abraham Lincoln visited his friend Joshua Speed at Farmington, the Speed family plantation, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1842 † Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd of Lexington, Kentucky.
1847 † The Lincoln family visited Lexington, Kentucky, en route to Abraham's only term in Congress.
1860 † Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States in November.
1865 † Abraham Lincoln asaassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president of the United States born on the frontier. His parents, Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, were married on June 12, 1806 near Springfield, Kentucky, and taught their son the meaning of hard work and perseverance. Later, step-mother Sarah Bush Johnston would instill in him a profound love of learning. Long before his election as president in 1860, he became one of Illinois' most successful lawyers and politicians. As an adult, Lincoln advised others to find their calling as he did: "get the books, and read, and study them carefully."

Although Lincoln left Kentucky in 1816, Kentucky friends and family had a profound and lasting impact on his life and career ever after. Joshua Speed became
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By Michael Herrick, May 18, 2017
2. The Lincoln Heritage Trail
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Abraham Lincoln understood that Kentucky — his birthplace — had a major influence upon his life. Today, the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail explains how Lincolnís Kentucky connections, including key people, places, and events, shaped the man and his presidency.
a life-long friend. John Todd Stuart encouraged Lincoln to run for political office and study law. All three of Lincoln's law partners were Kentuckians, including his trusted friend and biographer, William H. Herndon. In politics, he found inspiration in the great Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay. And with Mary Todd Lincoln, who came from one of Kentucky's most prominent families, Lincoln formed an ambitious, intellectually rich, and politically powerful partnership. Again and again, as a lawyer, politician and as president, Lincoln turned to fellow Kentuckians for advice, guidance and support.

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln had invoked the biblical injunction "A house divided against itself cannot stand." When civil war came on April 12, 1861, President Lincoln's own family became a "house divided," as many of Mary Todd Lincoln's relatives supported the Confederacy. The Lincolns felt keenly the deaths of Mary's brothers at the Battle of Shiloh and at Baton Rouge. Lincoln was shaken when he learned that his friend and brother-in-law, Confederate General Ben Hardin Helm, had been killed in the Battle of Chickamauga. Yet the conflict and Helm's death permanently estranged the Lincolns from Mary's sister, Emilie. Sharing in the nation's wounds, Lincoln nonetheless anticipated, in his Second Inaugural Address, the need for true reconciliation, "with malice toward none, with charity for all."

In an 1841 letter to Mary Speed Lincoln described the sight that he would later say was a “continual tormentÖ “

A gentleman had purchased twelve negroes in different parts of Kentucky and was taking them to a farm in the south. They were chained six and six together — A small iron clevis was around the left wrist of each, and this fastened to the main chain by a shorter one at a convenient distance from the others, so that the negroes were strung one a together precisely like so many fish upon a trot-line — In this condition they were being separated forever from the scenes of their childhood, their friends, their fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters, and many of them, from their wives and children

Abraham Lincoln to Mary Speed, Sept 27 1841
 
Location. 38° 15.731′ N, 85° 44.436′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Kentucky, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of East River Road and E Witherspoon Street, on the right when traveling east on East River Road. Touch for map. Located in Louisville Waterfront Park. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville KY 40202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Duty Honor Country (approx. 0.4 miles away in Indiana); Hannah Toliver (approx. half a mile away in Indiana); Thomas Edison Butchertown House (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away in Indiana); St. Johnís Evanglical Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Birth of Truth In Advertising (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Louisville Slugger Bat (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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