Season 2, Episode 16-Abraham Lincoln and Springfield

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Season 2, Episode 16: Abraham Lincoln and Springfield

Very few towns love their President like Springfield, Illinois, loves Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, and iconic beard and top hat-wearer! Learn about Lincoln’s political rise, his election and chaotic term, his wife, Mary, and sons, and his home in Springfield!

Be sure to check out Abraham Lincoln’s “Visiting the Presidents” Episode from Season 1, “Abraham Lincoln and Sinking Spring.”

Lincoln Home National Historic Site from the National Park Service.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site from National Park Service Presidents series.

Lincoln Home from National Park Foundation.

Lincoln Home Virtual Tour from Google Arts and Culture and National Park Service.

From My December 2021 Visit!

From My May 2017 Visit!

From My June 2014 Visit!

Abe Lincoln and his neighbors in Springfield.
Abe Lincoln (in all white to the right of front door) and his neighbors in Springfield in 1858.
Lincoln Home in the hustle and bustle from NPS.
Abe and his sons in front of their home.

Abraham Lincoln Home: 413 S. 8th Street, Springfield, Illinois.

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S2 E24 NOT Grover Cleveland's Second Term Question and Answer Episode Visiting the Presidents

How many of us just want a second chance? Grover Cleveland did, winning the popular vote for the third straight time (only Andrew Jackson and Franklin Roosevelt can claim that!) and becoming our only president to serve non-consecutive terms!We won’t do his home at Westland over…Check out Episode 22, "Grover Cleveland and Princeton," for that info! Instead, Episode 24 is a Question and Answer with questions submitted by listeners of the “Visiting the Presidents” podcast!Among the Questions Answered: Who is the best "Never-Ran"? What do I look for on a Re-Visit at a Presidential site? Which Presidents made the most money after the Presidency? Which Presidents could have used a Grover Cleveland-esque cooling off period between terms? What were some of the Presidents' favorite books? Who was among our most stylish Presidents? What effect did that have? How did the First Lady's role change over time? Which Presidential site makes the best wedding venue? Which Presidential home would I most have wanted to grow up in? Check out the website at for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: "Season 2 NOT Grover Cleveland's Second Term Question and Answer Episode" Season 1's "NOT Grover Cleveland's Second Term Question and Answer Episode" Support the show
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  3. S2 E22 Grover Cleveland and Princeton
  4. S2 E21 Chester Alan Arthur and Manhattan
  5. BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitor Kurt Deion!

Recommended Reading for Abraham Lincoln

David Herbert Donald, Lincoln.
Ronald C White, Lincoln: A Biography.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Team of Rivals.
Carl Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years.
Gore Vidal, Lincoln.

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I'm a Professor of History at Central Arizona College and someone who loves history and travel; my new blog will combine those interests!

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