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Lincoln by the Numbers

Intriguing Data Related to Our 16th President and His Legacy

Abraham Lincoln, Portrayed by Billy Campbell

Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Billy Campbell (View larger version)

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The following is an assortment of intriguing data we compiled about our 16th President and his lasting impact upon American culture.


Lincoln’s height, in inches: 76


Difference in inches between height of Lincoln and James Madison, the shortest U.S. President: 10-12


Height of the Lincoln statue in the Lincoln memorial, in feet: 19


Original height proposed by sculptor Daniel Chester French for the Lincoln statue in the memorial, in feet, before officials decided that it wasn’t big enough: 10


Number of states that seceded from the Union in 1860 and 1861 and joined the Confederacy: 11


Number of states in the union at time of Lincoln’s death in 1865: 36


Price in dollars and cents that the government charged a settler for each acre of land under the Homestead Act, which Lincoln signed into law in 1862: 1.25
Settlers could get the land free by living there for at least five years and making improvements before applying for the title


Average price in dollars of an acre of farmland in the lower continental 48 states, circa 2010: 2,14


Amount in dollars in 1817 that Thomas Lincoln, the future President’s father, paid as a down payment on a 160-acre farm in Indiana: 80


Price in dollars and cents in 2013 of a package of a Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Frontier Cabin set, which includes “85+ real wood logs and a replica Frontiersman”: 40.99


Number of soldiers who served in the Union army during the Civil War: 2,900,000


Number of Union soldiers who were killed in action or died of disease, at minimum: 360,000


Total federal budget in 1861, when Lincoln took office, in dollars: 66,100,000


Total federal budget in 1865, when Lincoln was assassinated: 1,290,000,000


Federal employees at the time of Lincoln’s assassination in 1865: 53,000


Total staff of U.S. Department of Justice during Lincoln Administration in 1863: 9


Number of workers by which the federal government has increased since Lincoln’s administration: 2,147,000


Movies in which Abraham Lincoln appears as a character, according to IMDB.com: 160


Episodes of the 1950s documentary series “You Are There,” hosted by Walter Cronkite, in which Lincoln was featured: 3


Episodes of the long-running animated comedy The Simpsons in which Lincoln appears: 6


Number of words in the Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered on Nov. 19, 1863: 272


Popularity rank of “Abraham” among names of American babies in 2012, according to Babycenter.com: 426


Different car models made by Lincoln Motor Co., 2013: 5


Lincoln’s annual salary, in dollars, from 1861-1865: 25,000


Lincoln’s 1864 salary in 2011 dollars, adjusted for inflation: 354,465


Percent that Lincoln’s 1861 personal wealth of $15,000 increased, by the time of his death four years later: 466


Number of Lincoln pennies produced in 2011 by the U.S. Mint: 4,938,540,000


Versions of the Lincoln penny produced in 2009, each commemorating a different period of his life: 4


Approximate number of active Lincoln impersonators (via the “Association of Lincoln Presenters”) performing in the U.S.: 150


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