Abraham Lincoln was one of the most famous and gifted United States president. Under his reign, United States climbed ladders of success and earned reputation of an emerging superpower all over the world. His able governance was praised by everybody. He had a reputation of working for the betterment of the people and the society.
Abraham Lincoln was born on 12th February 1809 to Nancy Lincoln and Thomas Lincoln in a small town named Hodgenville in Kentucky, United States. He spent his formative years there. When he was nine years old, his mother Nancy Lincoln died of the mysterious milk sickness. It was his sister Sarah who took care of him till his father remarried in the year 1819.
Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer and a politician by profession. He joined the Republican Party in the year 1854 and continued his alliance with them till 1865. He later joined the National Republic Party. Abraham Lincoln was the member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Illinois between 1847 and 1849. He finally succeeded James Buchanan to become the 16th president of the United States on 4th March 1861. Every one of you must be aware of the decision that he made which proved to be the foundation of the United States dominance in the world but here we have made a list of ten such facts about Abraham Lincoln that you probably didn’t know.
10. Abraham Lincoln Was the First President Beyond Original 13 States
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America. He took the president post from James Buchanan on 4th march 1861 and continued to be the United States president till he was assassinated on 15th April 1865. You will be surprised to know that Abraham Lincoln was the first president who was not the resident of the first thirteen countries which came together to form the United States of America. All 15 United States presidents before Abraham Lincoln were the resident of the original 13 states.
9. Abraham Lincoln’s Love for Pet Animals
Abraham Lincoln and his family used to love pet animals a lot. Before becoming the United States president he had a dog named as Fido. But after winning the presidential polls when Abraham Lincoln moved from Illinois to Washington he left that dog in his home town as he felt that the long train ride would be very difficult for him. While residing in the White House, the Lincoln family had several pet animals which included two goats and they were named as Nanko and Nanny. His love for animals was very famous among the people then.
8. Abraham Lincoln Foresaw His Own Death
It is said that Abraham Lincoln anticipated his own death before he was assassinated at the Ford’s theatre. While he was in the White House one fine day he dreamt about his death. He saw that the White House was full of people who were gathered there for mourning someone’s death. When he walked towards the East Room he found a corpse. When he inquired about the corpse, he was shocked when the soldier replied that the corpse was in fact Abraham Lincoln’s body and he was killed by an assassin. This dream later came true and he was assassinated by a killer named John Wilkes Booth. John was one of the actors who was present in the Ford’s Theatre that day.
7. Abraham Lincoln Never Slept in the Lincoln Bedroom
White House is the residence of the United States president and the Lincoln Bedroom acts as his bedroom. But you will be shocked to know that this room which is named after Abraham Lincoln never acted as the bedroom during his tenure. In fact, Abraham Lincoln used the Lincoln bedroom as his personal office where he used to meet the cabinet members of his government and to sign the important documents. The very famous Emancipation Proclamation was signed in this very room. Still the Lincoln bedroom in the White House has furniture from Lincoln’s time.
6. Abraham Lincoln Survived an Assassination Attempt
Abraham Lincoln died on 15th April 1865 when he was assassinated at the Ford’s Theatre. This was not the only time when an assassination attempt was made on Abraham Lincoln. Earlier in the year 1861, Abraham Lincoln survived one assassination attempt while he went on a whistle stop tour. The people who were guarding the United States president were somehow successful in getting a hint about this assassination attempt and they saved the president’s life. It was under the able security of Allan Pinkerton that Abraham Lincoln survived this assassination attempt otherwise he would have died in 1861 itself.
5. Abraham Lincoln Test Fired Rifles outside the White House
White House is situated in the District of Columbia. In this district there was a strict ban over use of any kinds of arms and ammunition at that time. Abraham Lincoln, while he was the United States president personally test fired the rifles and the muskets on the grassy expanses which surrounds the White House. Right from the beginning, Abraham Lincoln had very much interest in arms and ammunition and consequently when he became the United States president he took more interest in the artillery used by the United States troops during the Civil War. He used to attend the cannon and the artillery test with the military prototypes.
4. Abraham Lincoln is The Only President who got a Patent
Till date Abraham Lincoln is the only president who has ever obtained a patent. He was the person gifted with a sharp brain and whenever he was alone he used to utilize that time in building something unique. He therefore designed a method with the help of which when the boats used to pass over the sandbar or used to enter into a shallow water zone, the empty metal air chambers attached to their both sides would help them to stay afloat. He filed for the patent of his model and in the year 1849, he obtained the patent on his design with patent no 6,469.
3. Robbers Attempted to Steal Abraham Lincoln’s Corpse from His Grave
In the year 1876 an attempt was made by the gang of counterfeiters who were from Chicago to steal Abraham Lincoln’s dead body from his tomb which is in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. The tomb was protected by a single padlock. The counterfeiters had the plan to grab the dead body and demand ransom from the United States Government in exchange for it. They had planned to ask for 200,000 US dollars and release of their fellow counterfeits from the prison as ransom for the same. It was the Secret Service who later managed to obtain the Abraham Lincoln’s body and then it was later moved on to an unmarked grave and was entombed well beneath the reach as it was covered under ten feet of concrete.
2. Abraham Lincoln Was a Talented Wrestler
Abraham Lincoln was a very talented wrestler. He had a long limbs and he always used to fight with huge determination. As a young man he accomplished everything in the field of wrestling and became one of the very famous wrestlers in the United States. It has been mentioned in various books that he was defeated only once in the 300 fights that he fought in his wrestling career. He earned the “Outstanding American” honor in the United States Wrestling Hall of Fame. While residing in Illinois he earned huge respect being a wrestler and people were afraid to fight against him. He was once challenged by Jack Armstrong in the year 1831. Abraham Lincoln humiliated that guy a lot and defeated him.
1. Hours before Assassination Abraham Lincoln Created the Secret Service
Many of you must not be aware of the fact that Abraham Lincoln is the United States president who created the very famous Secret Service which protects the United States president from any kind of threat. Before his death on 15th April 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed the United States legislation which was about the creation of the United States Secret Service. The following day he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Although the Secret Service would have not been able to savethis great personality as at the time the Secret Service was created to stop the currency counterfeiting in the United States but after the death of few more United States’ presidents their prime agenda changed to save the president from any kind of threat.