15 Surprising Facts About Lincoln Everyone is Talking About

Learn some fascinating facts about one of the most popular US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and how he became one of the most popular US Presidents. Although Lincoln was a successful lawyer,  he held other jobs as well.

1. Lincoln Created the Secret Service

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Facts About Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln only had one bodyguard, a policeman called John Parker. On the day he was killed Lincoln had created the Secret Service, it tackled counterfeiting, but eventually began to protect the President.

2. Lincoln Lost Five Times but Kept Trying

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US President Lincoln Facts

He lost five separate elections before he was elected as the President. He was commander-in-chief of the American military and risked his life, because he was bold enough to be around lines of fire.

3. Lincoln Used His Power for Good



Lincoln proclaimed all persons held as slaves in states of the rebellion “forever free.” The Emancipation Proclamation, was issued on New Year’s Day, in1863 and helped free all of the slaves in the rebellious states. It was classified as a military order with Lincoln, as the commander-in-chief.

4. Lincoln Loved Animals



Lincoln loved animals and wouldn’t hunt or fish. His cat ate at the White House Dinner table. His dog was named Fido and his cat was named Tabby. Lincoln’s animals also died in a White House stable fire.

5. Lincoln has No Living Descendants



Three of Lincolns sons never had children, Robert Todd Lincoln was the only son to have three children. Two of Roberts children did not have children, only Jessie Harlan Lincoln had two children. Her son Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith did not have children, but there are speculations that he had a son with his second wife.

6. Lincoln ‘s Health



Lincoln battled depression for much of his life and described feeling like a piece of driftwood in a piece of writing as a young man. He was a wrestler and even took part in wrestling bouts.

7. Lincoln had many Favorites



His favorite food was chicken casserole and he also loved eating a lot of fruits. The thing he loved most were oysters, he could eat all the oysters in the world. Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday and was the first president born outside of the 13 original states.

8. Lincoln Hated Abe



Lincoln hated being called Abe but liked it when people used his last name when referring to him.

9. Lincoln was a Simple Man



He never drank, smoked, or chewed Tobacco. His tastes were simple and he never drank in the White House.

10. Lincoln Supported Women’s Rights



Lincoln read the Bible daily, and went to an organized church. He wanted women to have the right to vote, way back in 1836. He was a true suffragette.

11. Lincoln the Man



Lincoln is cherished in American history as an impressive historical figure who overcame great odds. He is one of the most revered former presidents, and his accomplishments, social policies, skills as commander in chief and talent for oration makes him the iconic in more ways than one.

12. Lincoln was a Controversial Lawyer



Lincoln defended the son of his most famous wrestling opponent from murder charges and practiced law without a degree. Lincoln had about 18 months of formal schooling. He was the only president to have a patent: Lincoln invented a device to free steamboats that ran aground.

13. Lincoln Looked Like a Model



He was the first president with a beard.  Lincoln was tall, thin in stature, had beard and top hat, making him iconic in American history. He was also quite thin. In fact, he was a lanky figure and only weighed about 180 pounds.

14. Lincoln had Many Jobs



Abraham Lincoln held many jobs before entering politics. He was in the Military, served in the Black Hawk War in 1832 to help fight off Native American tribes. He was a Postmaster. The mail arrived once a week, If the mail was not picked up by the person to whom it was addressed, he would deliver it, often placing it in his stovepipe hat. He was later a Lawyer, and began to teach himself the law by reading. He was admitted to the bar in 1837, and began his career as a successful lawyer.

15. Lincoln was a Romantic at Heart



Lincoln was well respected as a youth and he owned several farms but was not rich. When courting Mary Todd, he proposed after a year and her family did not approve. He married Mary Todd in 1842 and they lived in Springfield. He and Mary had four children Robert, Edward, William and Thomas. Only Robert, lived to adulthood.