10 Unknown Facts about Abraham Lincoln

Article by ,

There are many things that are still unknown about the 16th President of the United States. Yes, the much revered Abraham Lincoln has many interesting and unrevealed facts about his life despite the numerous movies screened and books written on him. Not many know the life of Abraham Lincoln with such intricate detail. He was a great man who had an amazing lifestyle. He was considered the tallest president with a height of 6 feet 4 inches and had a shoe size of 14. He was also the first president who was assassinated. Here are 10 facts about Abraham Lincoln that will leave you awestruck!

10. He hated being called “Abe”

The people of USA lovingly called him Abe, but he hated this diminutive name given to him. He did not like to be reminded of his rural poverty and wanted to be addressed in a dignified manner. Everybody in his office called him ‘Mr Lincoln’. More so, even his wife called him ‘Mr Lincoln’. However, ironically he is still lovingly remembered as ‘Abe’ by the citizens of USA.

9. Lincoln has a patent to his name

Abraham Lincoln is the only president to have obtained a patent. Lincoln had an inventive mind and has obtained patent no. 6,469 for designing a method for keeping vessels afloat when traversing shallow waters through the use of empty metal air chambers attached to their sides.

8. Lincoln carried his documents in his hat

Despite being a successful lawyer, Abraham Lincoln was a tad bit disorganized. He carried his important documents in his hat lest he forgets anything. Even when he was a local postmaster as a young man, he tucked letters into his hat.

7. Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln bedroom

The 16th President never slept in his bedroom at the White House. In fact, he used the Lincoln bedroom as his personal office where he met with the Cabinet ministers and signed all official documents. He even signed the Emancipation Proclamation in the Lincoln bedroom. It is known that Lincoln often dreamt of his death in the week before he actually died. He once spoke of a dream where he heard someone crying in the White House and when he asked that person about what had happened, he got a reply that the President had died. After this, when he looked at the coffin he saw his own face.

6. Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame

Lincoln was an accomplished wrestler in his young days. He won the ‘Outstanding American’ honour in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. It is surprising to know that he was defeated only once in approximately 300 matches.

5. Lincoln was afraid of women

Lincoln had once said, “Women are the only things that cannot hurt me that I am afraid of.” Abraham Lincoln was afraid of women and could not hold a conversation with a lady for a long time. It is believed that he lacked the grace and mannerisms that usually impress women. Marry Owens even rejected his offer of marriage. He was later married to Marry Todd. Ironically, despite being afraid of women; Lincoln was the first President who suggested of extending the right to vote to women.

Lincoln had once said, “Women are the only things that cannot hurt me that I am afraid of.” Abraham Lincoln was afraid of women and could not hold a conversation with a lady for a long time. It is believed that he lacked the grace and mannerisms that usually impress women. Marry Owens even rejected his offer of marriage. He was later married to Marry Todd. Ironically, despite being afraid of women; Lincoln was the first President who suggested of extending the right to vote to women.

4. Lincoln did not smoke or drink

Tobacco or alcohol did not entice Lincoln. He was a man of few vices and innumerable virtues. He was conscious of his health and avoided alcohol and tobacco on all occasions. He said that alcohol made him feel ‘flabby and undone’.

3. Lincoln failed at many things in his life

It is indeed true that the first step towards success is failure. Nothing can be achieved without trying and failing at it. Great men like Abraham Lincoln are true epitomes of not giving up and striving to reach their goal in spite of several obstacles in their path. Lincoln lost in his first bid for a presidential ticket and even failed in his first business. He ran for the US senate twice and lost. Lincoln argued before the Supreme Court in 1849 and lost. His life is full of inspiration for others. He never gave up despite his failures and tasted success eventually. Starting from nowhere, he went on to take the most powerful position in the world.

2. There are no descendants of Abraham Lincoln

There are no living descendants of Abraham Lincoln now. His only son, Robert’s line died in the 1980s. Lincoln’s extended family included his pets which were cats and dogs. He had a cat named Tabby and had an unparalleled obsession with cats. Not many know, that his cat ate along with the family at the White House Dinner table.

1. Lincoln was a loner

Lincoln was not a social man and led much of his life in depression. He had very little close friends and he did not get familiar with anybody quickly. He took time to open up and was a very secretive man. He preferred his own company to that of others. Moreover, he remained remote and aloof from social circles. Even his companions in his office, never crossed that thin line of familiarity with him. One of his friends recalled that Lincoln seldom invited any of his friends for dinner at his home.

 

 

Leave a Reply

You must be login to post a comment. Log in now