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The article lists ten trivial facts about the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, or Honest Abe as he was popularly known by among an abundance of monikers he had managed to accrue during his lifetime, is well renowned as the 16th President of the United States of America who bestowed the taste of freedom upon thousands of slaves in America immediately upon the introduction of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, making him the greatest American president of all time.

abraham lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Here are ten fascinating points people know little of throughout Abraham Lincoln’s life:

1. Not only was Abraham Lincoln known as Honest Abe, he was also given nicknames such as the Great Emancipator, the Liberator, Father Abraham and the Illinois Rail Splitter, the latter originating from the Illinois State Republican Convention at Decatur, 9 May 1860, where Richard J. Oglesby, later to be elected to serve as 14th governor of Illinois between 1865 and 1869, strode into the convention hall carrying two rail fences boasting the words ‘Abraham Lincoln, The Rail Candidate for President in 1860’, which would seem fitting enough, considering Abraham Lincoln had once worked as a rail splitter before he decided to run for presidency.

richard j. oglesby

Richard J. Oglesby

2. Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s biological mother, died at 35 years of age due to ‘milk sickness’, contracted from drinking the milk of the family dairy cow which had accidentally chomped down a poisonous plant known as white snakeroot.

nancy hanks lincoln

Nancy Hanks lincoln

3. Abraham Lincoln was the only President to receive a patent for an intricate-looking device intended as a way of lifting boats over precarious shoals, which never really saw mass-production.

abraham lincoln's invention

4. Robert Todd Lincoln, the only one among four of Abraham Lincoln’s children to ever reach adulthood, saw an uncanny coincidence regarding him and three major presidential assassinations of all time, one of them being the night man’s own father, Abraham Lincoln, was murdered by John Wilkes Booth, his parents had requested for Robert’s company to the Ford’s Theatre, though stating he was tired then and only wished for a good night’s rest, Robert declined the offer. He was only informed of the President’s assassination after it had occurred that night. Similarly, Robert Todd Lincoln was requested for company by President James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, to a college reunion , and was at the same train station where said President was gunned down by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2 , 1881, though he never actually saw it happen. The third assassination to end this string of coincidences was that of President William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, on September 6, 1901. Robert Todd Lincoln was, at the President’s behest, there where President McKinley was killed by Leon F. Czolgosz, the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Again, he was not an actual eyewitness to the murder.

robert todd lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln

5. Abraham Lincoln was an animal lover, as evidenced by extreme affinity expressed during his lifetime toward animals, especially cats, with which it was said the man could play with for hours on end. As Abraham Lincoln was quoted saying, no matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

6. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to grow a beard while in office, as urged by an eleven-year-old Grace Bedell in a letter so as to improve the man’s chances of getting elected. Said letter by Grace Bedell remained in the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library till it was bought at a price of $1000,000 by a private collector.

7. In order to perpetuate the affair of counterfeiting, James Kinelly once ventured upon robbing the Lincoln Tomb in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois of Abraham Lincoln’s body and holding it as ransom in exchange for the release from incarceration of Ben Boyd, a man regarded as the lifeline of the business in distributing counterfeit bills around back then.

8. Standing at a height of 6 feet and four inches tall, Abraham Lincoln was the tallest president throughout history.

9. Lincoln, Nebraska was named after Abraham Lincoln.

10. Abraham Lincoln may or may not have Marfan Syndrome, a hereditary condition affecting the connective tissue of a person defined by disproportionately long arms, legs, fingers, toes.



1. http://www.trivia-library.com/a/president-abraham-lincoln-little-known-facts-and-trivia.htm

2. http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1982/3/1982_3_76.shtml


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lisa leverton
Posted on Feb 1, 2011

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