Abraham Lincoln Trivia Questions and Answers
Who was the 16th President of the United States?
A: Abraham Lincoln.
On what date was Abraham Lincoln born?
A: February 12, 1809,
Lincoln was the second child of whom?
A: Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks.
Where was Abraham Lincoln born?
A: In a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm in Hardin County, Kentucky.
Who is he is descended from?
A: Samuel Lincoln, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts, from Norfolk, England, in the 17th century.
Lincoln's paternal grandfather and namesake, Abraham was
ambushed and killed in a what?
A: An Indian raid in 1786, as his children, including Lincoln's father Thomas, looked on.
Lincoln's mother, Nancy, was the daughter of Lucy Hanks,
and was born where?
A: In what is now Mineral County, West Virginia, then part of Virginia.
By the time his son Abraham was born, Thomas owned two
Lincoln’s father was among the “what” in the county.
A: Richest men in the county.
However, in 1816, Thomas lost all of his land in court
cases because of what?
A: Faulty property titles.
When did Lincoln serve as President?
A: From March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.
Lincoln led the United States through what war?
A: It’s Civil War.
Where was Lincoln reared?
A: In a poor family on the western frontier.
Lincoln was a self-educated what in Illinois?
Abraham was a Whig Party what?
A: Leader, and state legislator during the 1830s.
Lincoln was elected to Congress in what year?
As a congressman, what did he promote?
A: Rapid modernization of the economy through banks, tariffs, and railroads.
He had originally agreed not to what?
A: Run for a second term.
Lincoln’s opposition to the Mexican–American War was
unpopular among whom?
A: The voters.
Lincoln returned to politics in 1854, and was a leader in
building up the new what?
A: Republican Party, which had a statewide majority.
In highly publicized debates in 1858, what did Lincoln
speak out against?
A: The expansion of slavery.
To whom did Lincoln lose to in the U.S. Senate race?
A: His arch rival, Democrat Stephen A. Douglas.
In 1860, what did Lincoln secure?
A: The Republican Party presidential nomination as a moderate from a swing state.
Lincoln had very little support in the slave states, but he
swept the North and was elected president in what year?
His election prompted how many southern slave states to
form the Confederacy before he took the office?
When the North rallied behind the Union after the
Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, Lincoln concentrated on what?
A: The military and political dimensions of the war effort.
His primary goal was to what?
A: Reunite the nation.
Lincoln unilaterally suspended what?
A: Habeas corpus, arresting and temporarily detaining thousands holding secessionist or anti-war views in the border states without trial.
Lincoln averted potential British intervention by defusing
A: The Trent Affair in late 1861.
Lincoln closely supervised the war effort, especially the
selection of what?
A: Top generals, including his most successful general, Ulysses S. Grant.
Lincoln made the major decisions on Union war what?
Lincoln's Navy set up a naval blockade that shut down the
A: Normal trade.
Lincoln tried repeatedly to capture the Confederate capital
at Richmond, and each time a general failed, Lincoln substituted another, until
A: Grant succeeded in 1865.