Top 10 Facts About Abraham Lincoln

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Sometimes we€__re so excited to have President€__s Day off work that we forget what it€__s really about. President€__s Day honors George Washington€__s and Abraham Lincoln€__s birthdays. What follows are some mind-blowing facts about Abraham Lincoln. Hold on to your stovepipe hats€__

10. Lincoln under-utilized his pockets

Abraham Lincoln's actual stovepipe hat
Abraham Lincoln€__s actual stovepipe hat

Speaking of top hats, Lincoln€__s stovepipe top hat served as more than fashionable headwear. He used it to store and carry notes, letters, even bills. Why do they call it a stovepipe hat? Well, the rise is so tall and straight up and down with no flair that it resembles a length of pipe. They€__re hard to come by nowadays, the traditional top hat being much more current, but still pretty €__retro€_. Best you go to a custom haberdashery to get one made just for you.

9. Lincoln was really tall


That stovepipe hat just made a tall guy a whole lot taller. Lincoln was 6€__4€_, making him our country€__s tallest president. That of course raises the question, who was our shortest president? 4th president James Madison stood a stately 5€__4€_, making him an entire foot shorter than Honest Abe €__ even without his hat!

8. Lincoln has no living heirs


Despite the fact that the marriage between Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln yielded 4 sons, there are no living heirs. Three of the four sons died before their 20th birthdays: Edward died at 4 years of age, Willie at 12 years, at Tad at 18. Robert was the only child who lived into adulthood and his last descendent died sometime in the 1980€__s.

7. Lincoln€__s son was a death-magnet

Robert Lincoln

Robert Lincoln

Speaking of Robert, he was sort of a magnet for tragedy. More specifically, presidential assassination tragedy. While he was not present when his dad was killed, he was an eyewitness to Garfield€__s assassination, and at the same World€__s Fair where McKinley was assassinated. Another interesting fact about Robert, he was saved from a train accident by Edwin Booth, the brother of his father€__s killer, John Wilkes Booth.

6. Lincoln Like to Tinker

Lincoln's patent

Lincoln’s patent: “A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals”

Lincoln really liked machines and gadgets. He liked to take them apart to see how they worked and try to put them together again. He even tried his hand at inventing, and in 1849 had a patent issued for €__A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals€_. The machine never made it, but the patent was a new thing for a president, and no president has held a patent since.

5. Lincoln & Kennedy


You didn€__t think we€__d leave it out, did you? There are some pretty bizarre coincidences between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Here are a couple:

  • Both were shot in the head with one bullet on a Friday.
  • Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846, Kennedy in 1946.
  • Lincoln€__s successor (named Johnson) was born in 1808. Kennedy€__s successor (also named Johnson) was born in 1908.

4. Lincoln was kind of psychic


In the weeks before his death, Lincoln was extremely melancholy. He had seen portents of his own death, and had been dreaming of death as well. On one occasion looked in the mirror and saw a double reflection, one image much paler and blurrier than the other. He told his wife that he thought it meant that he had survived his first term, but wouldn€__t survive his second. The week prior to his death, Lincoln had a dream of hearing crying in a distant room of the White House. He sought out the room and found that it had a coffin in it. He asked the weeping person who had died and the person responded that it was the President. In his dream, Lincoln looked into the coffin and saw himself. Read more in The Psychic Life of Abraham Lincoln

3. Lincoln dabbled in the occult


Not only did he get premonitions, he also believed in the occult. Well, if he didn€__t believe then he was at least willing to go along with it. Because he and Mary had lost little Edward and Willie at such young ages, they actually held seances in the White House trying to contact their dearly departed. Mrs. Lincoln also attended seances at the homes of famous mediums of the day. Whether or not they made contact is unknown.

2. Lincoln was spiritual, not religious


Despite the last two facts, Lincoln said he was still a Christian. He didn€__t, however, feel it necessary to subscribe to a particular brand of Christianity. Though many different sects try to claim him, Lincoln was 100% non-denominational. He never joined a church, didn€__t say grace before meals, and spoke on a more spiritual level, rather than religious. He did read the Bible quite often, and did have a highly developed spiritual governance. When asked if he thought the Lord was on the side of the North in the Civil War, Lincoln responded, €__I am not at all concerned about that€__But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord€__s side.€_

1. Lincoln had a way with words


Not only was Lincoln spiritual and intelligent, he was also a heck of a speech writer. He wrote his own speeches, and it is said that his famous Gettysburg Address wasn€__t even the best one! Rumor has it that the speech Lincoln made to the Illinois Republican Convention on May 29, 1856 was his best, but it was either so enthralling that nobody remembered to take notes, or it was so controversial that nobody was allowed to print them. Either way, no record of it exists.

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