Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of United States. He served from March 1861 until he was assassinated on April 1865. A famous actor assassinated Lincoln. Surprisingly, he was a great fan of the actor.
Lincoln is one of the most famous presidents and a great figure in American history for leading the country during the Civil War. The leadership he provided in the North assisted the country to stay strong. Ultimately, they defeated South keeping the country united. He also pushed for anti-slavery ideologies to secure the freedom of all slaves throughout the country.
Abraham was born to Thomas Lincoln, a carpenter and farmer, and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, a seamstress. He grew up working on different farms owned by his father. Though he received little formal education from various itinerant teachers, Lincoln was known as an enthusiastic reader since his early youth.
He worked as a postmaster, a merchant, a county surveyor, and eventually becoming a lawyer, though had no formal training in all of these professions. Before he ventured into politics, he was also a captain in the Illinois Militia.
Without further ado, here are some interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln. These facts will probably expand your knowledge about his legacy.
- Edwin Booth, the brother of Lincoln’s killer, saved Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, from a train accident. Robert Todd, Lincoln’s eldest son, stood on a train platform in New Jersey a few months before his father was assassinated by Booth. A throng of passengers started to push the young man backward, and unfortunately, he fell into an open space between a moving train and the platform. Suddenly, a rescuer stretched out his hand and pulled Robert to safety. The president’s son immediately identified his savior: popular actor, Edwin Booth, a brother of John Booth.
- Abraham was the first prominent leader in the United States to champion the rights of the woman to vote.
- Lincoln had dreamed of his assassination before it occurred. It’s believed that he had a promotion nearly two weeks before he met his death. Actually, he anticipated the assassination. On April 14, 1865, he informed his bodyguard that he had dreams of his assassination for three consecutive nights. Sadly, he was assassinated that very evening. Abraham had great interest in dreams’ interpretations. He liked discussing the topic with his friends.
- Contrary to what many people believe, Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom. When he assumed office as the 16th President of United States, Abraham used the current Lincoln Bedroom in the White House as his personal office. That is where he met his Cabinet members and signed various documents, including the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Currently, one of the mandates of the U.S. Secret Service is to protect the current and former national leaders and their families, including the President and his family, the vice president, and his family, former Presidents and their spouses, presidential candidates, visiting heads of state, and foreign embassies. Lincoln formed this federal law enforcement agency hours before his assassination. He signed legislation allowing the establishment of U.S. Secret Service on April 14, 1865. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre later that evening. The only purpose of creating this law enforcement agency was to combat currency counterfeiting that was rampant in the US. Therefore, it wouldn’t have saved Abraham.
- Abraham Lincoln is the only US president to hold a patent. Benjamin Franklin is not the only American politician who demonstrated inventive skills. The idea behind Lincoln’s invention came when he boarded a steamboat which ran aground. The operators of the steamboat had to unload the cargo. As an individual who loved fiddling with machines, Lincoln came up with a technique for keeping vessels afloat when navigating shallow waters. The technique involved the use of empty metal air chambers attached to sides of the steamboat. Having recognized as a feasible solution, he got a patent (No: 6469) in 1849.