Abraham Lincoln

U.S. President

Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln led the nation through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis in the American Civil War. 1 2 3 4


Abraham Lincoln woke up at 7 am, fetched the newspaper, and exercised on the White House grounds before having a simple breakfast of eggs, toast, and coffee. He then headed to the White House’s East Wing to work on speech-writing, chair cabinet meetings, and deal with to correspondence. The president developed the habit of laying on a settee and reading newspapers aloud so he could retain the maximum amount of information. Another habit he formed was to note down his thoughts and store them in his roll top desk - which would serve as inspiration for speeches such as Gettysburg.


Despite often skipping lunch between 12 pm and 1 pm, Lincoln was rather fond of apples which he would complement with nuts, cheese, and crackers. With Lincoln’s well-being in mind, the First Lady would insist he accompany her on late afternoon carriage journeys or alternatively he occasionally opted to take a lone horseback ride.


Lincoln usually had dinner around 6pm. Some of Lincolns favorite meals were oyster stew, corn pone, chicken fricassee, and apple pie for dessert. He regularly drank water and abstained from alcoholic beverages. Following his evening meal, Lincoln sometimes headed to the White House’s red room to socialize with his friends and colleagues.


Lincoln usually slept between 10 pm and 11 pm, however, during the war years Lincoln sometimes stayed up to 2 am waiting with the War department's telegraphists to hear the latest updates, news, and reports from the front line.