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The Abraham Lincoln Home, 1844-1861
The first and only home he ever owned and the only place he knew happiness. The tragedy that struck February, 1850, with the death of little Eddie, not yet four, of pulmonary tuberculosis was followed by the birth of Willie in December of that same year. Tad was born three years later, in 1853.
It was to this house Lincoln came to tell his happy wife, “Mary, we are elected.” On February 11, 1861, Lincoln and his family left their home for the White House in Washington, DC. Among his remarks on leaving he said, “I now leave, not knowing when or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington.”