Bringing history -
and his story -
to life!

Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood



standing with Abe in front of the Metamora CourthouseBorn in Michigan, I moved with my family to central Illinois at the age of eleven.  I attended high school in the town of Metamora, which had been one of Abe Lincoln's regular stops as a circuit-riding attorney.  As a history buff, I used to enjoy visiting the Metamora Courthouse (photo at left, taken in 2014) with its various Lincoln memorabilia.

As a young man, my height reached 6'3", and I also grew a beard.  It was then that my resemblance to President Lincoln first began to come out.  Still, it didn't occur to me until some years later to combine my love for history, my interest in Lincoln, my experience in public speaking, and my natural resemblance to "Honest Abe."

Today, I get great enjoyment out of bringing one of our nation's most cherished historical characters to life.  And my audiences, both young and old alike, tell me how much they enjoy and learn from it as well.

the Wood family (July 2015): Kevin, Joanne, Elaina, Emily, ElizabethMy personal highlights from the past twelve years include speeches at two National Day of Prayer events in Delaware County, appearances in the Lansdowne Memorial Day and Aldan Fourth of July parades, and participation in a Naturalization Service for new American citizens at the Delaware County Courthouse.  Since moving to Spain, I have also had the opportunity to present Abe several times in Spanish!

I lived in Delaware County, PA from 1992 until 2003, then in Spain until the summer of 2013 when I relocated back to the USA, to the Chicago, IL area.  Unlike Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, who had four sons, my wife Joanne and I have no sons, but three lovely daughters: Elaina (25), Elizabeth (23), and Emily (21).

P.S.  It's not easy filling Abe Lincoln's shoes!  But here's how I stack up:

Abe Lincoln: 6'4" ("nearly"), 160-180 lbs., shoe size: 13
Kevin Wood: 6'3", 155 lbs., shoe size: 10.5

The real Mr. Lincoln was born in Kentucky and later lived in Indiana, Illinois, and on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC.
I was born in Michigan and later lived in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Spain, and now Illinois again. Abraham Lincoln by Kevin Wood updated 03/10/2019