Biopic of Abe Lincoln, 16th President of he United States, from his early days in backwoods Kentucky to his election as President. After a time running livestock to New Orleans, he settles in New Salem where he meets and falls in love with Ann Rutledge who is already engaged to someone. Abe makes a home for himself in New Salem, eventually running a store and becoming the postmaster. He's popular with the locals and is eventually elected to the State legislature but afterward established himself in the practice of law. He eventually meets Mary Todd who would become his wife and and is sent to Washington as a Congressman before he is elected president.
Did You Know?
The original Broadway production of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois " by Robert E. Sherwood
opened on October 15, 1938 at the Plymouth Theater, ran for 472 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1939. See more
Robert E. Lee is shown wearing a uniform while leading the detachment of Marines that captured John Brown. Lee had been on leave when he was suddenly called back to duty. He actually led the detachment while wearing civilian clothes. See more
Mary Todd Lincoln
[Contemptuously as she hears crowd noises from outside
Stephen Douglas has arrived. Listen to them cheering for him!
They ought to cheer. He paid 'em enough for it.
Referenced in The Oscars
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Music by Louis Lambert
Played a bit by a band in a Stephen Douglas parade See more