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.
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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
During the parade bringing Stephen Douglas to town for a Lincoln/Douglas debate in 1858, the band plays bits of the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", which was not written until 1863. See more
Abe, next to my old man, I think you're the homeliest critter I ever saw.
There's a reason, Mrs. Cairns. When I was two months old I was the handsomest child in Kentucky. My nurse swapped me off for another one that was kinda'... "plain looking."
[Mrs. Cairns breaks into giggly laughter
Referenced in The Oscars
Old Abe Lincoln Came Out of the Wilderness
Sung by chorus over opening credits See more